On Aug. 30, 2013, a jury found Georgia teen De’Marquise Elkins guilty of murdering 13-month-old Antonio Santiago as he rode in a baby stroller being pushed by his mother in March, according to CBS News.
The prosecution asserted that Antonio died after being shot in the face during a robbery attempt by Elkins while the baby and his mother were out for a walk.
The child’s mother, Sherry West, was also shot and testified that after telling Elkins she had no money, he shot her baby boy in the face.
The Georgia teen’s attorney, Jonathan Lockwood, said during closing arguments that prosecution witnesses lied, changed their stories, and many had a criminal history. However, the prosecution maintained that despite the witnesses testimony, video and other evidence cannot be disputed.
Elkins, 18, could be sentenced to life in prison for the murder. According to HLN, he cannot be sentenced to death because he was a minor at the time of the killing.
CBS reports that Dominique Lang, 15, is also charged with murder in the case and is slated to go on trial for the crime at a later date.
HLN notes that Elkins was also convicted of aggravated assault for shooting pastor Wilfredo Calix-Flores during a separate mugging incident that took place only 10 days before little Antonio was shot and killed.
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