BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Another bizarre twist in the tragic murder of a one-year-old boy in Glynn County, Georgia.
Brunswick City Commissioner James Henry Brooks Senior has bonded out of jail after charges of obstructing law enforcement and influencing a witness in the investigation of a 13 month old baby who was shot and killed in Brunswick. His attorney, Alan David Tucker, says Brooks was arrested for stepping between police and De'Marquise Elkins' mother when police tried speaking with her during a court appearance Monday.
De'Marquise Elkins is the 17 year-old accused of shooting baby Antonio Santiago. His mother, Karimah Elkins, was arrested along with her sister, Katrina, for lying to police. Police also charged 15 year-old Dominique Lane for Santiago's murder.
Commissioner Brooks was also arrested in 2012 on a bribery charge. He must appear in court in Camden County on Monday for rackettering charges.
On Thursday, police arrested De'Marquise sister, Sabrina Elkins, for evidence tampering. Police say she played a role in hiding the alleged murder weapon.
Friday morning WOKV obtained a statement from Brooks, on behalf of his attorney. The letter states Brooks was duped by the family of De'Marquis Elkins.
Attorney Alan David Tucker says Brooks was tricked into believing the alibi provided by Elkins' mother and aunt.
Tucker writes, "It was [Brooks'] honest belief at the time that he was trying to protect the rights of his constituents by advising them to remain silent and not make any additional statements to the police without having a lawyer present. Unfortunately, he learned later that the Elkins were not being truthful with the police when they made statements about Mr. Elkins' whereabouts during the time of the shooting."