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Attorney says Sherry West ignored knock on her door

7:11 AM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, GA. - One of the teenagers accused of killing a toddler in Brunswick last month returns to court Friday morning.

A 9:30 bond hearing is scheduled in Glynn County Superior Court for 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins.

Police say Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang attempted to rob Sherry West while she was pushing her son, 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, in a stroller.

The teens are facing several charges as adults, including felony murder, for allegedly injuring West's leg with a gunshot wound and fatally shooting Santiago in the head.

Exact motives have not been released, but police confirm they are working to identify if the shootings are gang related.

Both teens have made their initial appearances in court, but Elkins's case is moving forward first.

His public defender Kevin Gough tells First Coast News a couple of outcomes are possible for Friday's bond hearing.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley could not set a bond, meaning Elkins remains in custody.

Bond could be set at an amount to be determined by Kelley, meaning Elkins must use cash or property to pay the full amount.

Another option, which Gough sees as unlikely, is the court could release Elkins on his own recognizance.

"That's what I'd like to see," Gough said, while also admitting it seems like an unlikely option given the charges and exposure of the case.

Gough contends his client is not guilty.

It is unclear if Judge Kelley will allow testimony Friday.

Gough says he has prepared a witness list that includes family members to speak on behalf of Elkins.

Santiago's father, Luis Santiago, has also been subpoenaed to testify for the defense, Gough said.

First Coast News has also learned an attempt was made by the defense to subpoena the toddler's mother, Sherry West, but Gough said she did not answer her door.

He said he then ran out of time under Georgia law to get her on the stand Friday morning.

Police say the shootings were random. No bond hearing has been set for Lang.

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