Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a teenager accused of shooting and killing a 13-month-old boy during a robbery.
Sherry West was pushing her baby in a stroller in broad daylight down a street in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia, March 21 when two teenagers allegedly tried to mug her.
West told reporters shortly after the shooting that one of the teens demanded money and pointed a gun at her. The gunman fired at her twice, missing her head and hitting her in the leg. West said the teen then shot her baby, Antonio Santiago, in the face.
De'Marquise Elkins, then 17, is accused of pulling the trigger and is facing multiple charges including malice and felony murder. Elkins has pleaded not guilty and is facing life in prison. The death penalty is not an option in Elkins' case because a Georgia law prohibits anyone who is under 18 years old during the commission of a crime from being executed.
Intense media attention and public outrage pushed a judge in the small town to move Elkins’ trial from Glynn County to Cobb County, a suburb of Atlanta.
The other teenager accused of being Elkins' accomplice is Dominique Lang, who was 15 years old at the time of the shooting. Although Lang is a minor, HLN is identifying him because he is charged as an adult and media outlets have been naming him since his arrest.
Lang has also pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges against him, which include felony murder. He will go on trial later, separately from Elkins, and also faces life in prison.