published Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Defense rests in Georgia baby killing trial

MARIETTA, Ga. — The defense has rested in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby in coastal Georgia.

De'Marquise Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick. His mother, Karimah Elkins, is on trial alongside him on charges of evidence tampering and lying to police.

Both De'Marquise and Karimah Elkins declined to testify.

Prosecutors say Elkins killed Antonio in an attempted robbery. The baby's mother, Sherry West, was wounded in the shooting.

The trial is being held near Atlanta because of pretrial publicity.

Another teen, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, also faces murder charges in the case and is set to be tried at a later date.

Closing arguments in the case are set for Friday and then the jury will begin deliberating.

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