The trial of the murderer’s of 13-month-old baby Antonio West continued this week. West was allegedly killed by teenagers De’Marquise Elkins and Dominique Lang in March of 2013.
Antonio’s mother, Sherry West, testified before the court today. She told prosecutors that Elkins and Lang approached her and demanded she give them her money. West claims she did not have her wallet on her during the holdup. When she told Elkins and Lang she did not have her wallet, they threatened to shoot her child.
Her statements in court today were consistent with what she told the Associated Press the day after the shooting.
"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!"'
West was shot between the eyes with a .22 caliber revolver. Elkins allegedly shot Sherry West in the leg as well.
While West testified against Elkins and Lang, defense attorneys are arguing that West may have had a “financial interest” in the death of her son. The defense pointed out several inconsistent statements West made regarding the sequence of events during the murder, and cited a Georgia Bureau of Investigation report which found gunshot residue on West and the child’s father, Louis Santiago.
“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," public defender Kevin Gough said in an August 5th court motion.
Prosecutors have shot down the defense’s arguments, citing documents saying gunshot victims often have gunshot residue on them. Santiago was found with gunshot residue on him as well, but he claims this was only because he touched West’s gunshot wound.
When asked by prosecutors to identify the shooter of her child, West pointed directly at Elkins. Accomplice Dominique Lang previously testified that it was Elkins who pulled the trigger on West.
Check back in the coming days for more updates on the trial.