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Sherry West Antonio Santiago's mom

The trial that will determine if De’Marquise Elkins, 18, is guilty of murdering 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in March is coming to a close.

Today Sherry West, the mother of Antonio, took the stand to tell her side of the story.

According to CBS:

Sherry West told jurors Tuesday that two teenagers approached her as she walked home from the Brunswick post office March 21. She said the older one demanded money, tried to take her purse and threatened to kill her baby. She said the teen fired a warning shot, shot her in the leg and then shot the baby.

Asked if the shooter was in the courtroom, West said he was. She pointed at Elkins, who sat at the defense table and showed no emotion.

West immediately broke into tears when identifying Elkins. She also told the jury that she threw her arms around Antonio in an attempt to save him.

Later in the testimony, lawyers questioned West about her mental issues, discussing her struggle with personality disorder, paranoia, post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. Shortly after the shooting, family members cited these struggles as reason for being skeptical that West was not somehow involved in her son’s death.

It’s not clear if those allegations against West will hold any weight, but aside from the murder charge Elkins is facing, there was someone else in court this week to testify that the teen isn’t a stranger to guns.

A pastor testified that Elkins shot him in the arm 10 days before Santiago’s death.

Wilfredo Calix Flores, pastor of a Hispanic church in Brunswick, said De’Marquise Elkins demanded money from him on March 11 and shot him when he said he didn’t have any.

Prosecutors showed Flores a picture of the gun they say was used to shoot the baby. He said it was the same gun that was used to shoot him.

Dont’e Jackson, a friend of Elkins, testified he was with Elkins when Flores was shot and saw him shoot the pastor.

The prosecution is expected to rest their case after West’s testimony. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments.


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