(L) Karimah Elkins, 36, (R) Sabrina Elkins, 19
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The mother and sister of accused baby killer De'Marquise Elkins appeared in court Friday afternoon for a first appearance bond hearing.
Sabrina Shane Nicole Elkins, 19 and her mother 36-year-old Karimah Aisha Elkins are facing felony charges of tampering with evidence for allegedly tossing the suspected murder weapon into a salt marsh pond off Highway 17, according to the Brunswick Police Department.
The handgun, believed to be the murder weapon used to kill 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, was discovered submerged in marshy water and is currently being analyzed at a Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab.
Karimah is also facing charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
The pair appeared before Judge Timothy Barton at the Glynn County Magistrate Court Friday at 2:30 p.m. for 10 minutes.
Judge Barton read the charges out loud to the mother and daughter and explained there would be no bond hearing until attorney's could be appointed for both of them. Sabrina, 19, broke down and cried in the courtroom upon learning she and her mother would not be released from jail.
Judge Barton did not specify a date or timeline for the upcoming bond hearing.
Following the brief court hearing, a confrontation took place on the steps of the Glynn County Courthouse.
Several members of the New Black Panther Party, who attended the hearing, were confronted by Brunswick minister Ken Adkins, who told them to leave town.
The exchange of words lasted a few minutes before Rev. Adkins was escorted by court security off courthouse property.
"Their message is hate, their message is divide. It is not accountability," said Adkins, who strongly feels the group creates problems wherever it goes.
Minister Mikhail Muhammad told reporters the New Black Panther party offers a voice that is not being heard in Brunswick.
Muhammad questioned the rapid speed to judgement in the case of De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, who are charged with murder.
"We believe again the quick indictment. Why not wait till all the evidence and facts are presented? Why the rush?" said Muhammad.
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