During the trial of an 18-year-old Georgia man who is accused of fatally shooting a baby boy in a botched robbery attempt, his alleged accomplice testified that he was not involved in the shooting.
Dominique Lang, 15, told a judge that De'Marquise Elkins was the shooter and that he was not involved in the baby’s death. Elkins and Lang are being tried in the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago on March 21. They are being tried separately.
Authorities claim that Elkins and Lang targeted Santiago's mother, Sherry West, in a robbery attempt that left West injured. The jury in the case is expected to hear what Lang had to say later on in the week.
West said a gunman shot her baby in the face after she told him she had no money, Fox News reported.
"He kept asking, and I just said 'I don't have it,'" West said. "And he said, 'Do you want me to kill your baby?' And I said, 'No, don't kill my baby!'"
Elkins' lead attorney, public defender Kevin Gough, had suggested in pretrial motions that the child was killed by his own parents.
"Other evidence of record suggests Sherry West is mentally unstable, gave several inconsistent accounts of how the crime transpired and had a financial interest in the death of her son in the form of an insurance policy," Gough said in a court motion filed Aug. 5.