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Trial starts for Georgia man accused of shooting baby

By Ray Henry

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:53 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2013

MARIETTA, Ga. » A prosecutor says a man fatally shot a baby in a stroller during an attempted robbery near the Georgia coast when the child's mother didn't hand over her purse.

A defense attorney for De'Marquise Elkins said during opening statements today that no one saw a shooter running from the scene in Brunswick and suggested the child's parents were somehow involved.

Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. If convicted, Elkins faces up to life in prison.

Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson told jurors Antonio was killed in a botched robbery and that ballistics and other evidence implicate Elkins.

The trial is being held in Marietta because of the publicity the case garnered in the spring.

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50skane wrote:
I thought earlier reports said the older kid who was with the younger shooter confessed and gave police a statement as to what happened...so what now, the defense attorney is making up fairy tales to get them off the hook?
on August 20,2013 | 10:29AM
kelbells34 wrote:
THIS is disturbing from every angle...First, who robs a lady with a baby?...Second, the mom should have been giving that robber everything she had...I would have gave him my whole purse. And, now the defense is trying to say the parents had something to do with the baby getting shot in the face? He might get life in prison, but needs to be shot in the face. Shooting a baby in the face...Who does that?
on August 20,2013 | 01:49PM
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