The defense attorney for a Georgia black teen found guilty in a baby stroller murder recently is speaking out about the lack of a "jury of his peers" and the need for a new trial.
According to the reporting by CBS News on August 30, it only took jurors two hours to decide that 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins was guilty in the shooting death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick in March of this year. But his attorney feels that the all-white jury may have given this case their utmost attention, but they still are not a real jury of this teen's peers.
The co-conspirator in the alleged crime, a 15-year-old teen named Dominique Lang, took the stand against Elkins, but he will face a jury himself in the case later on. So he isn't off scott free just for testifying against his friend.
And in a strange twist, Elkins' mother was also charged in the case for tampering with evidence. She will face up to 15 years in prison for her role in that regard, with her son now facing a life term in prison since he was convicted of the crime.
Defense attorney Jonathan Lockwood thinks the fact that a crack user was the prosecution's main witness against his client should help him gain the appeal he now seeks for the defendant. And he also believes that he can play the racial card in this particular case, since public outcry about racial relations right now might lead to a more favorable jury makeup as a result.
The prosecutor told the all white jury that regardless of whether the witness' accounts in this case veered one way on one day and another on the next, the fact remained that the evidence in the case--including a video--confirmed who was guilty and responsible for this small child's murder.