According to the Daily News, it took a Marietta, Georgia jury just about two hours to find 18-year-old De’Marquise Elkins guilty Friday of 11 counts, including two counts of felony murder and one count of malice murder in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick. Tried along with Elkins was his mother, Karimah Elkins. She was found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting and was convicted of tampering with evidence.
Elkins was also found guilty for an incident that happened 10 days before little Santiago was shot and killed. He was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges stemming from the shooting of Pastor Wilfredo Calix-Flores.
As throughout the trial, both Elkins and his mother showed no sign of emotion as the verdicts were read.
Because De’Marquise Elkins was only 17 when he shot the baby the death penalty was not an option. Under Georgia law anyone who is under the age of 18 while committing a crime cannot receive the death penalty.
Elkins could be sentenced to life in prison and his mother could receive up to 10 years for her involvement in the crime.
Dominique Lang testified against Elkins during the trial, identifying him as the shooter. He is also accused of being an accomplice to the crime. Although he was only 15 at the time of the shooting, he is being tried as an adult. Facing a separate trial, he also faces life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.