Baby-killing trial update
By MICHAEL HALL
The Brunswick News
MARIETTA – Kevin Gough, lawyer for alleged baby killer De’Marquise Elkins, 18, was cross examining Brunswick police Detective Angela Smith Wednesday morning. She was the first police officer on the scene after the March 21 shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.
Gough’s questioning focused on several aspects of the investigation he suggested were improperly handled. He said the crime scene police investigated was not actually where Antonio and his mother, Sherry West, were shot.
Smith said she went with West to the hospital and was not present when the crime scene investigation took place. Her testimony was to continue after a short break.
Earlier in the morning, Elkins’ alleged accomplice, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, took the stand without the jury present to testify in a hearing on a motion by Gough to get Lang’s identification of Elkins ruled inadmissible at trial. Lang spoke softly and answered most questions from Gough with “Yes, sir” and “No, sir.”
The hearing on that motion, which was postponed from earlier this month, was not completed and was expected to continue later today.
Pick up Thursday's issue of The Brunswick News for a full account of the court’s proceedings.