Sunday, March 24, 2013


After wounding the mother, 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins shot her 13-month-old baby boy in the face

The shooting of baby Antonio has got to be one of the most cruel coldblooded killings on record. This case calls out loud and clear for the death penalty for De’Marquise Elkins, but unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court in its ultimate wisdom has ruled that no one can be executed if they were under 18 years of age at the time of the crime.

I have always been perturbed at the age delineation that differentiates between juveniles and adults. In death penalty cases, the Supreme Court set an arbitrary age that requires the perpetrator of unspeakable crimes to have been at least 18 years old at the time of the act before he can be executed. The court did not consider differences in maturity from person to person – many 16-year-olds have the maturity of the average 20-year-old and some 30-year-olds could be as immature as the average 14-year-old. It really sucks that De’Marquise Elkins is disqualified for the death penalty simply because he is under 18.

By Tom Watkins, Nick Valencia and Phil Gast

March 23, 2013

Brunswick, Georgia -- Two teen boys in this coastal city were charged with murder Friday, accused in the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy who was in a stroller being pushed by his mother.

Aided by a description and a check of school attendance records to determine who was not in classes Thursday, officers searched for the young suspects and took them into custody, police said.

The mother told reporters the shooting occurred when one youth demanded money.

Police expressed confidence they would find the weapon, believed to be a handgun.

Spokesman Todd Rhodes, who described the shooting as "horrific," told CNN's "The Situation Room" on Friday evening that search warrants were being executed in three locations.

Chief Tobe Green identified the older suspect as De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and said he will be treated as an adult in criminal proceedings. The 14-year-old was not identified because of his age. Both have been charged with first-degree murder, police said.

"We are turning every stone to get a motive," said Green.

Police said they received a suspect description from Sherry West, the baby's mother.

No other suspects are being sought, according to Rhodes.

Authorities were tight-lipped about the investigation, which was aided by helicopters and police dogs.

West earlier told reporters that the incident occurred at 9 a.m. Thursday as she was walking home from the post office, pushing her son, Antonio, in a stroller. She said she saw two boys.

"A boy approached me and told me he wanted my money, and I told him I didn't have any money. And he said, 'Give me your money or I'm going to kill you and I'm going to shoot your baby and kill your baby,' and I said, 'I don't have any money,' and 'Don't kill my baby.'"

The boy tried to grab her purse and opened fire when she said tried to tell him she had no money, West said, with the shot grazing her head. She said the boy then shot her in the leg.

West continued, "And then, all of a sudden, he walked over and he shot my baby in the face."

West said she tried to perform CPR on her son and that the police took over when they arrived, but to no avail. "We lost him," she said.

During the incident, the smaller of the two boys was hiding behind the larger one, she said. "I don't know whether it was his brother or a friend."

West had said she hopes the boys will receive the maximum sentence possible. "If they can use a gun like an adult, then they can be charged like an adult," she said. "I want to see lethal injection or at least life in prison. This child did nothing to him. He was innocent and helpless."

1 comment:

bob walsh said...

In the old days these scumbags never would have made it to the jail, and that has nothing to do with white or black.