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Teen charged as an adult in Ga. toddler’s murder wants to be tried as a juvenile

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The lawyer for one of the Ga. teens charged in the murder of a 13-month-old baby as he lay sleeping in his stroller in March 2013 wants his client to be tried in juvenile court “so he can avoid being prosecuted for murder.”

The legal maneuvering came in a Ga. courtroom on March 11, a move the victim’s mother opposes, according to Fox News.

Although not the trigger man, Dominique Lang, now 16-years-old, has already been charged as an accomplice to the murder of the baby Antonio Santiago. Lang testified in court that he was with the older teen, then 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, when Elkins shot and killed the baby while trying to rob the baby’s mother, Sherry West.

Georgia law doesn't allow juvenile courts to hear murder cases. Prosecutors haven't opposed the move, but Antonio's mother, Sherry West, said Lang should stand trial.

The judge ordered that Lang, currently charged with the felony murder of Santiago, undergo a mental evaluation.

On March 21, 2013, Brunswick, Ga. mom Sherry West, was walking her baby in his stroller. She was approached by Elkins and Lang who demanded money from her.

When West replied that she didn’t have any money, “the two youths shot her in the leg and shot and killed her baby boy while he lay sleeping in his stroller,” according to ABC News.

For more on the shooting death of Antonio Santiago, see the video accompanying this article.

Also see:

Teen, 18, convicted of murder in Ga. toddler shooting

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