Police have arrested the mother and aunt of Brunswick, Georgia youth De’Marquise Elkins, 17, arrested after the March 21, 2013, shooting murder of 13-month-old infant Antonio Santiago. Antonio was in a stroller on a walk with his mother Sherry West when they were mugged and shot, Antonio in the face.
Police identified Elkins from a tip, which led them to another boy 14, who was allegedly hiding in the back seat of Elkins’ car during the shooting. Elkins’ mother and aunt were arrested on March 25 and charged with misdemeanor making false statements and were released on bail after making new statements to police regarding the murder.
West, who was shot in the leg during the attack, positively identified Elkins for police out of a lineup of 24 mugshots the day after the shooting. Elkins’ family and his attorney strenuously protested his innocence saying he was at breakfast with his Aunt during the slaying, and was later running errands with family. Elkins’ sister insisted that her brother was not capable of such a heinous act.
Just days into the investigation however, police arrested Elkins’ mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and her sister, Katrina Elkins, 33, for making false statements. At this time, police are not saying exactly what part of the statements was false. The women were given to opportunity to add to their prior statements, allowing police to identify more witnesses. Investigators were led to a saltwater pond where they found a submerged gun, which may turn out to be the murder weapon. Police are still waiting for test results on the gun.
Police also arrested Dominique Lane, 15, in connection with the murder. His name was not immediately released because of his age. It is not clear if he has legal representation or if he is being charged as an adult. Of Elkins public defender Kevin Gough told reporters, “We believe very strongly in his innocence,” but admits that in a small town like Brunswick, an alibi defense will likely not persuade a jury.