Defense claims mom of murdered baby traded sex for drugs
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The family of DeMarquise Elkins had little to say when they left the Glynn County Courthouse Friday, moments after a judge decided to keep the 17-year-old murder suspect in jail.
"I hereby deny bond at this time," said Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley.
Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang are charged with the shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago on March 21, in what the child's mother described as an attempted robbery.
"They just killed him in his sleep. Shot him right in the face," she cried just hours after the shooting in an interview with Action News. She was also injured in the shooting.
But now, Sherry West's credibility is being questioned. In new court documents filed Friday, Elkins' defense team is requesting a drug test from West, claiming a crack addiction could have clouded her recollection of what happened that day. She is the only eyewitness.
"We have filed our motions and we're not going to comment in the motions that we've filed at this point," said public defender Kevin Gough.
Another motion filed earlier this week, suggesting there was a murder-for-hire scheme, a possible plot to obtain money from the baby's life insurance policy. New documents claim West and the baby's father may have been involved in a false insurance claim before.
The case goes to court again next month.