Witness admits lying to cops in Ga. baby-murder case

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Brunswick Police Department Criminal Investigator Angela Smith fields questions from defense attorneys as to the photographs used to identify a suspect in the execution style shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Marietta Ga. A Brunswick police detective spent about three hours testifying in the trial of De'Marquise Elkins, a man accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- The jury in the Brunswick baby-killing case heard testimony today from a boy who was with the accused shooter at the scene, but he also acknowledged lying to police.

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De'Marquise Elkins sits quietly in the courtroom of Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen D. Kelley Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Marietta Ga. A Brunswick police detective spent about three hours testifying in the trial of De'Marquise Elkins, a man accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller   AP Photo/The Marietta Daily Journal, Kelly J. Huff
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De'Marquise Elkins sits quietly in the courtroom of Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen D. Kelley Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 in Marietta Ga. A Brunswick police detective spent about three hours testifying in the trial of De'Marquise Elkins, a man accused of fatally shooting a baby as he sat in his stroller

Earlier today, defense attorneys complained of threats to other witnesses and accused police of failing to investigate.

In his testimony, Dominique Lang, 14, pointed out De’Marquise Elkins, 18, across the courtroom as the one who fired the gun March 21 during a botched robbery that killed 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. The baby’s mother, Sherry West, was also shot in the leg and wounded in the ear.

Dominique said Elkins struck West with the revolver and then threatened the baby.

“He counted down five seconds. ... He was like 5, 4, 3, and she stopped him,” Dominique said, adding that the mother and Elkins then struggled over the purse while standing over the stroller Antonio was seated in.

Elkins threatened the baby again and counted down a second time, according to Dominique.

“She still refused to give him her purse,” he testified.

Dominique saw Elkins fire a shot into the ground and one into West’s thigh. The witness gestured toward the courtroom floor as he said Elkins pointed the gun either toward West’s stomach or at Antonio but said he didn’t see the third shot fired.

Dominique is also charged with the murder but will be tried separately from Elkins who is on trial in Cobb County Superior Court. The case was moved because of the amount of pre-trial news coverage in Brunswick.

Prosecutors have not given Dominique any promises that they would not use his testimony in Elkins’ trial against the boy in his own case. However, Dominique’s lawyer sat silently by as he testified.

A day earlier, Dominique testified in a hearing without the jury present, wearing a prison jumpsuit and shackles. Today, he was not shackled and wore slacks and a plaid, long-sleeved shirt.

In today’s cross examination, defense attorney Jonathan Lockwood got Dominique to admit to repeatedly lying to investigators when questioned the day after the murder, even muttering to himself in the interrogation room before officers arrived.

“That was you practicing the lies you were about to tell police?” Lockwood asked.

“Yes, sir,” Dominique replied.

The boy had originally denied involvement. Next, he said he hadn’t seen any of the shots fired.

When Lockwood pressed, Dominique acknowledged changing his story at the urging of a detective.

“He was pushing me to say that,” the witness said.

“So, if people push you to say things, you’ll lie. Is that right?” Lockwood asked.

“Yes, sir,” the boy replied.

Just before the lunch break, Lockwood wrapped up his cross examination.

“You’d have to agree that you’re not the most honest person,” the lawyer said.

“Yes, sir,” Dominique said.

Also today, Elkins’ lead attorney, Kevin Gough, announced he had filed a motion this morning for dismissal based on complaints from witnesses that they had been threatened by Antonio’s father, Louis Santiago.

Gough told Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley that two witnesses had come forward with complaints to the Glynn County Police Department but that no investigation was launched. Gough called that “outrageous misbehavior” by the government.

Kelley, though, said he had not had time to read the motion and suspected prosecutors had not either. The judge said a hearing could be held on that matter later, possibly Sunday evening.

District Attorney Jackie Johnson estimated that her witnesses will still be testifying through Monday afternoon before the defense begins presenting its case.

Also on trial with Elkins is his mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, who is charged with lying to police and disposing of the murder weapon.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/22/13 - 03:13 pm
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Could this get any weirder?

So the kid is a liar. Everybody already knew that.

Now what are they gonna' do about the baby's dad!? Did all of these people grow up on the streets? Doesn't anyone have even a modicum of self-control and socialization?

I guess it was this way even back in the "good old days", but ye gods and little fishes, there just seems to be so much MORE of it going on everywhere today.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 08/22/13 - 03:48 pm
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Where is Obama now?
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Why isn't Obama crying that if he had a son it would look like these thugs? I have too many friends that are letting these thugs paint them with the same brush. Time for the black community to stand up against their own kind ruining life for the whole race. You can not protest to get respect, you have to earn it. Acts like what happened with everyone related to these thugs dishonors the good done by the many hard working, honest, respectful people in that community.

Darby
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Darby 08/22/13 - 10:36 pm
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"Why isn't Obama crying that if he had a

son it would look like these thugs?"

Why state the obvious??

redfish
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redfish 08/23/13 - 06:28 am
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what do you expect..

What do you expect from a culture that embraces a thug like trayvon as a role model and cultural icon?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/23/13 - 10:01 am
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And to think,
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the punk could have been obama's child.

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