Following a story that captivated the nation last spring due to its sheer senselessness and raw violence, an 18-year-old teen, De'Marquise Elkins, was found guilty of murder in a Marietta, Ga. courtroom on Aug. 30, for the shooting death of 13-month-old old Antonio Santiago, who Elkins shot between the eyes as the baby lay sleeping in his stroller on the streets of Brunswick, Ga. on March 21.
In a botched robbery attempt, Elkins, who was accompanied by another teenager, shot the baby’s mother, Sherry West, and then shot and killed Antonio Santiago, according to USA Today.
The jury only deliberated for about two hours following the two-week murder trial before finding Elkins guilty on all counts.
Elkins’ mother, Karimah Elkins, was also on trial and ultimately convicted of tampering with evidence in the early days of the police investigation against her son. Karimah Elkins' sister was also charged with tampering with evidence, as she and De'Marquise’s mother tried to cover up the teen’s involvement in the shooting murder.
Dominique Lang, 15, the teen who was with De'Marquise Elkins on that fateful day of the murder, is facing his own future murder trial for the shooting death of baby Antonio Santiago.
De'Marquise Elkins faces life in prison when he is sentenced at a later date. At the time of the shooting he was 17, too young to face the death penalty under Georgia law. ~ ABC News
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