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STATE ROUNDUP: Hearing set in Brunswick infant killing

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BRUNSWICK — Prosecutors, defense attorneys and defendants in the case against those accused of the March 21 shooting death of an infant in downtown Brunswick and the subsequent cover-up have been ordered to appear before Judge Stephen D. Kelley on May 29 for a status conference, the first of several scheduled pre-trial appearances.

Kelley filed a scheduling order last week in Glynn County Superior Court laying out dates for evidence discovery, deadlines for motions to be filed and dates for pre-trial motion hearings in the case that charges two youths with murder, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and cruelty to children for their alleged roles in the death of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, were charged in a March 27 indictment with allegedly shooting Antonio in the face and wounding his mother, Sherry West, during an attempted armed robbery at the intersection of London and Ellis streets in downtown Brunswick's Old Town neighborhood.

Elkins is also charged with the March 11 aggravated assault and attempted robbery of a man in the 1700 block of Norwich Street in which he is accused of using a .22-caliber revolver.

The same indictment charges Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Elkins, 33, with making false statements to police for allegedly giving investigators a fake alibi for De'Marquise Elkins. Karimah Elkins is also charged in the indictment along with De'Marquise Elkins' sister, Sabrina Elkins, 19, with evidence tampering for allegedly disposing of the .22-caliber revolver police say was used in the shooting of the infant.

Under Kelley's scheduling order, the state must provide all evidence collected for the trial to defense attorneys by May 31, two days after the status conference.

Defense attorneys then have until June 28 to reciprocate by providing their evidence.

That is the same day as the deadline Kelley set for defense motions to be filed with the court. Prosecutors will then have until July 29 to file any responses to those motions.

Once all motions and responses have been filed, Kelley will hear pre-trial motions in open court on Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 if another day of hearings is necessary.

No trial date has been set, but Kelley has said he would like to get the trial started this year.

Antonio's murder rattled the normally quiet neighborhood, where wrap around porches and stately live oaks line the streets, and brought national attention to Brunswick.

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Man fired on after lending phone to group

AUGUSTA — An Augusta man used a road sign to shield himself from a hail of gunfire on Wrightsboro Road on Sunday after four people asked to borrow his cell phone and began shooting as they ran off.

Bret Mason, 26, of Evans, told police he was at Super Express on Wrightsboro Road when he was approached about 3:40 a.m. by four black males, one of whom asked to use his phone to make a call. When Mason obliged, the four "began laughing" and started to walk toward Mary­land Avenue, according to a Rich­mond County sheriff's report.

Mason said he stopped them and said they needed to stand still if they wanted to use the phone. The four then ran off, with Mason chasing them.

After reaching the street corner, one of the group began shooting at Mason with a handgun. Mason took cover behind a sign.

Deputies found several shell casings on Maryland Avenue but were unable to find suspects.

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Beech Island barber killed in holdup attempt

AUGUSTA — Authorities were searching today for two suspects after a Beech Island barber was fatally shot Saturday during a robbery attempt.

Aiken Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victim as Zann Worrell Jr., 32, of North Augusta, who died about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

He died from multiple gunshot wounds at the Island Cuts Barber Shop in Beech Island, the coroner said. An autopsy is expected today.

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Former Varnell manager resigned as council members questioned credit card use

DALTON—Varnell Mayor Pro Tem David Owens said he'd been concerned about the city's credit card payments for some months. That's why he asked then-City Manager Jason Hall for the last few months bills in early March.

Records provided by city officials after an open records request by The Daily Citizen show that monthly purchases on the card issued to Hall ranged from about $1,200 to more than $3,000 during 2012.

Owens said he thought some of the charges related to the City Hall the city was then building. City officials say Hall was authorized to make some purchases for the project, such as providing a weekly meal for the state prisoners doing the work, on the card. He was also authorized to buy things for the recreation department's concession stands.

"He did have some delegation to use the card," Owens said.

"My first concern was that if we were charging items on our credit cards for that construction, to make sure everything was being charged to the right account," Owens said.

Owens said he didn't expect to find what he discovered when Hall turned over copies of the bills.

"I spotted a couple of items that did not seem like they represented a purchase for City Hall or for the city, so I called these people and identified myself and asked what those charges were for," he said.

After those calls, Owens remained convinced that some of those purchases could not have been for city business. For instance, several of the bills contain charges for RightNowCampaign.

"That is a company that provides videotaped sermons and lessons for churches," Owens said. "As soon as I discovered these things I informed the mayor."

Council members then met with Hall to go over the past year's worth of bills. They say that what they found concerned them even more. Hall, they said, had not kept receipts for many of the purchases.

Comments

erock 1 year, 4 months ago

There should have never been an arrest, no trial either, simply another shooting. Mama and auntie would have gotten theirs too. I understand the mother of the child wasn't on the straight and narrow herself but that's no excuse.

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VietVet1 1 year, 4 months ago

De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, Question: Do these two attend school with passing grades? Or are they living the Obama life of welfare?

Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Elkins, 33 Question: Do these two have a respectible job? Or are they living the Obama life of welfare?

Just interested in what type of people they are?

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