UPDATE: 2:30 PM EST
A pastor in the town of Brunswick has come forward as the victim in the second shooting that ocurred 10 days before Antonio Santiago was shot and killed.
Pastor Wilfredo Calix-Flores told Action News he has been afraid of returning to
work at his small church on Norwich Street in Brunswick ever since he was shot in his arm during a robbery attempt there on March 11th.
He also told the station that he’s praying for De’Marquise Elkin’s family, and hopes they will seek forgiveness from God.
This story is developing.
Pastor Calix-Flores tells Action News he’s now praying De’marquis Elkins and his family seek forgiveness from God.
The teen who allegedly shot and killed a 13-month-old baby in the face while trying to rob the child’s mother was also charged with another robbery attempt that resulted in a shooting.
De’Marquise Elkins, 17, was indicted by a Glynn Country grand jury on nine counts, including malice murder, in the slaying last Thursday of young Antonio Santiago a few blocks from his home in coastal Brunswick, Georgia.
He was also indicted on two counts in a second attempted robbery and shooting that happened 10 days before the baby was slain.
According to CBS:
On March 11, according to the indictment, Elkins tried to rob a person identified as Wilfredo Calix-Flores, pointing a gun at him while demanding his cellphone and wallet. Elkins shot Calix-Flores in the arm with the same caliber revolver used to kill the baby 10 days later, the indictment says. He is charged with attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
But Elkin’s public defender, Kevin Gough, said he felt prosecutors rushed to indict his client before collecting all available evidence. Gough had asked a judge for a preliminary hearing next week to determine if prosecutors had sufficient evidence to charge Elkins.
The indictment means a grand jury has already made that determination and Elkins’ attorneys won’t get an early look at the evidence against him.
Gough also said that he strongly believes his client is innocent. He has filed a court motion to grant him access to mental health records of the slain boy’s mother, saying they could be important to determining whether she’s a credible witness.