Shocked and appalled.
That’s the only way the attorney for one of the Brunswick teens suspected of fatally shooting a 13-month-old toddler could describe his reaction to how quickly the District Attorney is moving ahead with the case. 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins and 15-year-old Dominique Lang were indicted today for first degree murder, just five days after they were arrested and six days after the shooting.
“The only purpose served by this rush to indictment was to deprive Marqui Elkins of a preliminary hearing,” says Elkins’ Attorney Kevin Gough.
Gough says there is a lot of evidence that has still not been ingested and witnesses that have not been interviewed. He says when all that is done, Elkins will be exonerated.
“He is presumed innocent, and he is innocent,” he says.
Gough has requested the medical history of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago’s mother, who was also shot in what police believe was a random attempted robbery. He says statements she has given compelled him to examine whether there is any history of mental problems. While he made it clear he is not saying she has an illness, he says it is something that needs to be explored because it could have compromised her recall of the shooting.
As for the shooting itself, Gough says police don’t have all the details.
“Truly random acts of violence are exceedingly rare in this community,” he says.
Gough is now waiting to get some of the prosecution’s evidence to continue putting together his defense.