ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The lawyer for a Georgia teenager charged with fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face is objecting to the racial makeup of potential jurors.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of 18-year-old De’Marquise (deh mahr-KEESE) Elkins. A judge moved his trial to the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, more than 325 miles from the street where young Antonio Santiago was slain March 21 in Brunswick.
Prosecutors say Elkins and a 15-year-old accomplice were trying to rob the child’s mother and that Elkins shot the toddler when she said she had no money.
During jury selection Monday, Glynn County Public Defender Kevin Gough expressed surprise and concern that no one in a group of 48 prospective Cobb County jurors was a black male. Elkins is black.
Jury selection continues Tuesday.