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Mother of toddler slain in Ga. to resume testimony

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MARIETTA, Ga. -- The mother of a toddler fatally shot in his stroller in coastal Georgia is still on the stand Wednesday.

Sherry West gave tearful testimony Tuesday about the killing of her son at a suspect's murder trial. West was cross-examined Tuesday for more than three hours.

She was on the stand answering questions from the state for about an hour and a half. When proceedings ended for the day, she was still being cross-examined by the defense.

West is expected to be the state's last witness. The defense should take over Wednesday and will likely call two key witnesses first. Louis Santiago, Antonio's father, and Ashley Glassey, West's daughter, will take the stand Wednesday for the defense.

DeMarquise Elkins is charged with murder in the March 21 killing of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick.

Prosecutors say Antonio was killed in an attempted robbery and that evidence implicates Elkins. West was wounded in the shooting.

The trial is being held near Atlanta because of pretrial publicity.

If convicted of murder, 18-year-old Elkins faces up to life in prison. His mother is on trial alongside him on charges of evidence tampering and lying to police.

Associated Press

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