Baby-killing trial update
By MICHAEL HALL
The Brunswick News
MARIETTA – Defense lawyers for accused baby killer De’Marquise Elkins asked for a mistrial today after the lawyer for Elkins’ mother, who is on trial for evidence tampering, asked an investigator on cross-examination if she had gotten information about De’Marquise Elkins’ address from a juvenile report.
Wrix McIlvaine, the lawyer for Karimah Elkins, 36, posed the question to Glynn County police investigator Stephanie Oliver: “Was that in a juvenile report or something?”
Before Oliver could answer, Assistant Public Defender Jonathan Lockwood shot out of his chair, objected and asked for a sidebar conference with Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley.
After removing the jury, Kelley heard arguments on the motion, beginning with Lockwood.
“We believe Mr. Elkins’ character has been put into question,” Lockwood said, because of the mention of a juvenile report.
Kelley told Lockwood that evidence during trial comes from witness testimony, not a lawyer’s questions.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit Public Defender Kevin Gough followed by saying that the jury had been prejudiced against De’Marquise Elkins by the introduction of the possibility of a juvenile record.
Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney told Kelley she believed McIlvaine was referring to a juvenile report from when Karimah Elkins’ children were put in someone else’s custody after she had a stroke.
McIlvaine agreed that was his intention, and added that he was not aware of any stipulations on evidence between prosecutors and defense lawyers for De’Marquise Elkins.
Kelley said he was inclined to deny the motion, but did immediately rule on it.
Earlier in the morning, Glynn County police investigator Roderic Nohilly testified that De’Marquise Elkins made several comments to other officers shortly after he was arrested March 22.
After telling officers they had nothing on him, including a gun or fingerprints, he asked, “Oh, y’all found the gun?” after Nohilly said investigator Cody Blades smiled at him. Karimah Elkins is accused with her daughter, who is to be tried in Glynn County, of tossing the gun in a pond.
De’Marquise Elkins is charged with murder, cruelty to children, attempted armed robbery and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting and killing Antonio Santiago and wounding his mother, Sherry West, March 21 on a Brunswick street. He is also charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery for allegedly shooting and wounding Wilfredo Calix-Flores in the 1700 block of Norwich Street on March 11.
– A full report on today’s court proceeding will be in the Saturday issue of The Brunswick News.