MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of a Georgia teenager charged with fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face during an attempted street robbery.
A judge moved the trial of 18-year-old De’Marquise (deh mahr-KEESE) Elkins to the suburbs north of Atlanta, more than 325 miles from the crime scene where young Antonio Santiago was slain in the coastal port city of Brunswick.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to begin questioning potential jurors Monday at the Cobb County courthouse. It’s not known how long jury selection will take.
The slaying of young Antonio made national headlines. Prosecutors say Elkins and a 15-year-old accomplice were trying to rob the child’s mother March 21 and Elkins shot the toddler when she said she had no money.