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Mother shot 13-month-old boy in stroller for insurance money, say defense attorneys for teen
NY Daily News ^ | Aug 18, 2013 | Nina Golgowski

Posted on 08/19/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Mother shot 13-month-old boy in stroller for insurance money, say defense attorneys for teen charged in murder Jury selection in the trial of De'Marquise Elkins, 18, begins Monday, but his lawyers say Sherry West had 'financial interest in the death of her son,' Antonio Santiago.

By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, August 18, 2013, 12:04 PM

Attorneys are set to pin a Georgia mother who witnessed her 13-month-old son heartlessly shot between the eyes as the real killer behind his death.

Defense attorneys say Sherry West had "financial interest in the death of her son," Antonio Santiago, after she took out a life insurance policy before his savage murder in March, according to a pretrial motion.

"Other evidence of record suggests Sherry West is mentally unstable, gave several inconsistent accounts of how the crime transpired, and had a financial interest in the death of her son in the form of an insurance policy," public defender Kevin Gough said in a court motion filed Aug. 5.

Jury selection begins Monday at the Cobb County courthouse in Marietta where 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins faces life in prison if convicted of Antonio's murder.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: child; insurance; mother; murder
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1 posted on 08/19/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Sick, just sick. Lawyer needs taken out of society, one way or another.


2 posted on 08/19/2013 11:57:44 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: KeyLargo

Even if it is true.....sorry buddy you pulled the trigger and you deserve the death penalty.


3 posted on 08/19/2013 11:59:16 AM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: KeyLargo

The mom had one of those “baby insurance programs from GERBER” they issue millions of these...it was not enough to provide motive for murder...defense attorneys literally suck and lie
Freegards
LEX


4 posted on 08/19/2013 12:00:17 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: LaRueLaDue

5 posted on 08/19/2013 12:00:52 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
"..defense attorneys literally suck and lie.."

Not much reasonable doubt about that.

Of course many prosecutors are not much better.

6 posted on 08/19/2013 12:02:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KeyLargo

Doesn’t this provide the basis of a slander lawsuit against the defense attorney by the mother of the deceased?


7 posted on 08/19/2013 12:04:27 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Paladin2
Of course many prosecutors are not much better.

You mean like that dip stick that tried to railroad the Duke players?

8 posted on 08/19/2013 12:06:07 PM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: KeyLargo
So, now the news media is covering it because of the allegation that the mom killed her baby? How sick is that (Note the headline)? What kind of animal shoots a baby, and in between the eyes? HANG THE SOB.. HE SHOULDN'T BE BREATHING RIGHT NOW.

Okay she called the insurance company for payment but she'd need the money after this incident.

The perp's accomplice said HE shot the baby, not her. I'll believe the accomplice, thank you. The shooter's family hid evidence and the .22 hand gun was found in a pond.

9 posted on 08/19/2013 12:07:19 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: KeyLargo

Words fail me.


10 posted on 08/19/2013 12:08:28 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: KeyLargo

What we have here is a lawyer that needs to be severely beaten in the parking lot as he heads home to his own wife and children.

Seriesly. That’s the Chicago way.


11 posted on 08/19/2013 12:08:49 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

But, what do the “just-us brothers” have to say? They could be the determining factor. No just-us, no piece (of the pie).


12 posted on 08/19/2013 12:09:48 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Assuming while she was making funeral arrangements, the funeral home probably asked for payment. Were there eye witnesses to the shooting?


13 posted on 08/19/2013 12:10:20 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: KeyLargo

I believe her older daughter early on said she thought her mother did it because of conversations about money and her age......


14 posted on 08/19/2013 12:14:24 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: LaRueLaDue
Kevin Gough public defender of the five-county Brunswick Judicial Circuit
15 posted on 08/19/2013 12:17:52 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
That lawyer is one low life scum whose mother barks.

I expect nothing better from the fatherless gangbanger that is on trial.
But I thought lawyers had some standards.
Does anyone know if the lawyer is a Blackafricanmericanperzonofcolor or not.

16 posted on 08/19/2013 12:21:37 PM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: KeyLargo

Evil and stupid - if that doesn’t turn the jury against the defendant nothing will. It’s easy to see why this shyster is a public defender.


17 posted on 08/19/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: KeyLargo
Oh dear. Kevin. I had dinner with him on St. Simons Island and some others after a Tea Party meeting last year. He once had an important position in the Glynn County Republican Party but was voted out.

I tried my Publius shtick on him, discussing American history, and found that there was so much he didn't know.

He's just trying to defend an indefensible client. He's doing his duty, but his duty grates on me.

18 posted on 08/19/2013 12:24:24 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: KeyLargo
Mom & Alleged Shooter:


19 posted on 08/19/2013 12:24:25 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: Publius
He's doing his duty, but his duty grates on me

Sigh. He needs to jealously represent the interests of his client. That's his job, and it's a critical one.

I've no idea how a man can do that in this situation, though, and still look at himself in a mirror in the morning. Maybe disassociate himself from it, look at it as a theoretical exercise rather than a real world one?

20 posted on 08/19/2013 12:28:33 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

You bring up a valid point. This is probably just as distasteful for him as it is for those of us who have to read about it.


21 posted on 08/19/2013 12:30:23 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: KeyLargo

Sherry West had “financial interest in the death of her son,” Antonio Santiago, after she took out a life insurance policy before his savage murder
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Yeah so did my mother..

for all 4 of us in my family..

you could take out an insurance policy in those days after the baby was 1 year old and it was a common thing to do..

obviously nearly every mother in my town wanted us dead...

However eventhough MOST of the homes had at least one gun...

None of us died of “gun violence”

How on Earth could that be ???


22 posted on 08/19/2013 12:30:25 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: TexasCajun

What no hoodie and pants down round his knees ???


23 posted on 08/19/2013 12:31:22 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Publius

“He’s doing his duty...”

His duty? How so? Is a defense attorney’s duty to get the client off or to see that the client has a fair trial under the law? If the former, how did that come to be and where does it say so?


24 posted on 08/19/2013 12:33:26 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: KeyLargo

It’s possible the mother in some small way welcomed the tragedy, but that doesn’t mean she committed murder.


25 posted on 08/19/2013 12:37:08 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: KeyLargo

Even if true, irrelevant, since the accused chose to execute the child.


26 posted on 08/19/2013 12:40:48 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: KrisKrinkle

His job is to defend his client to the best of his ability. Failure to do so is a violation of an attorney’s oath before the court.


27 posted on 08/19/2013 12:42:01 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Maybe someone can explain this to me.

US attys are given pretty much free rein to LIE and CREATE a fake scenario that usually besmirches the character of the victim.

In other countries, when attys lie, they are forced to stand before the court and apologize to those they slandered.

Why can’t US attys be held liable for their lies?


28 posted on 08/19/2013 12:43:53 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: KeyLargo

A Trayvon Martin lookalike shot the child.


29 posted on 08/19/2013 12:46:36 PM PDT by South40
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To: KeyLargo

There was some suspicion of this at the beginning. I think the mother has a history of strange behavior and in fact I think another one of her children died or was killed under mysterious circumstances earlier. I don’t think the baby died in this most recent killing was the child of the man with whom she is currently living.

Someone here in Jacksonville shot and killed his wife and claimed that some black men did it. He even shot himself in the foot, literally, to make it look as though he had fought back. His story fell apart when his recently acquired million dollar life insurance policy on her was discovered.


30 posted on 08/19/2013 12:47:03 PM PDT by livius
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To: KeyLargo

There are certain things I won’t do for a client. Lying is one of them.


31 posted on 08/19/2013 12:47:42 PM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Why can’t US attys be held liable for their lies?

______________________

because lawyers are scum.


32 posted on 08/19/2013 12:48:33 PM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: wbill
He needs to jealously represent

Jealously? Oh, OK!

33 posted on 08/19/2013 12:50:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Publius
Yep, I'm not trying to make excuses for him. Some people - with less scruples than you and I - thrive in that environment.

But I'd think that most people would have real problems with the clients they represent.

34 posted on 08/19/2013 12:50:17 PM PDT by wbill
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To: KeyLargo

Special place in hell for liars ,er, lawyers.


35 posted on 08/19/2013 12:50:34 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: KeyLargo
Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the other lawyers a bad name.
36 posted on 08/19/2013 12:50:58 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: wbill

In most jurisdictions, public defenders are chosen by lot. Kevin was the unlucky man who drew the short straw.


37 posted on 08/19/2013 12:51:59 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: KeyLargo

The thing to remember is that lawyers are equivalent to ‘hired guns’ of the old west. In this case, defense lawyers have no responsibility other than to introduce sufficient dispute of their client’s guilt. If the jury fails to find guilt that is “beyond reasonable doubt”, then the charge is supposed to fail (like the Zimmerman Trial.)

So to blame the lawyers for grasping at very slim straws should be tempered by realizing that if that is all that they have then the case is probably strong. I don’t know if it is a consistent fact but to me, the more outrageous the claim, the weaker the case for the side making the claim.


38 posted on 08/19/2013 12:52:06 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
"So, now the news media is covering it because of the allegation that the mom killed her baby? How sick is that (Note the headline)?"

You ain't seen nuttin' yet. Messrs. Sharpton and Jackson will soon be circling the skies over Marietta "seeking justice" for De'Marquise. The allure of sweet carrion will prove irresistible.
39 posted on 08/19/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: wbill
I've no idea how a man can do that in this situation, though, and still look at himself in a mirror in the morning.

I don't either, FRiend, but that is the reason I became a geologist instead of an attorney. I like being able to look myself in the eye in the mirror in the morning.

40 posted on 08/19/2013 12:55:28 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: KeyLargo
I have no idea what went down on that day, but I have never trusted the mother. She just doesn't ring right.

If it turns out she was involved, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

41 posted on 08/19/2013 12:57:19 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: livius

but how do you explain this guy’s cohort saying he did it?


42 posted on 08/19/2013 1:00:54 PM PDT by spacejunkie2001
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
US attys are given pretty much free rein to LIE and CREATE a fake scenario that usually besmirches the character of the victim.

This guy is getting splinters scraping the bottom of the barrel for a smidgin of reasonable doubt.

Their job isn't to prove their client innocent (that is supposed to be presumed), but to give the jury a reason to find their client may not have committed the crime, despite the evidence presented against them.

If that scenario is not credible, the jury will dismiss it as not being a good and reasonable defense and find the accused guilty if the evidence so indicates.

At least, that's how it is supposed to work.

He is doing the mother an incredible disservice, but he is doing his job. Unfortunately, he should be doing it in the courtroom, not the media.

43 posted on 08/19/2013 1:01:41 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: KeyLargo
A mother that wants a 13-month-old child to die does not need to hire two teens who will, undoubtedly, talk to the prosecution. A young child is vulnerable to a great number of dangers - heights, voltage, hot stuff and fire, cold stuff, water, sharp objects, drugs and chemicals, vehicles, diseases, food, allergies, animals, plastic bags and window blinds' cords, kidnapping, babysitters, other children, and likely a million more.

But even if a teen was hired as a killer, he would be probably smart enough to shoot from a hidden place, secure the retreat, to have an alibi, and to remain quiet. Since this crime was solved within a day, the shooter was not prepared, and the crime occurred randomly.

44 posted on 08/19/2013 1:06:07 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Smokin' Joe
Yep. Not too many morality calls to make in my field, either.

A few on business ethics. But, a decent moral center makes them all easy. And if my company makes them hard, I go find somewhere else to work :-)

Nope, I'm more concerned about making the right engineering *decision* (or business decision, depending). Did I consider all the variables? Did I make the right choice for a vendor? etc. Harder calls to make, maybe, but I never wonder if I'm a bad person for choosing vendor 'X' over vendor 'Y'. :-)

45 posted on 08/19/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Nancy Grace will be going after the “tot mom” in 3..2..1..


46 posted on 08/19/2013 1:08:15 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: DuncanWaring

Blaming the dead baby’s grandfather worked in the Anthony trial, establishing ‘doubt’ about his daughter’s guilt. These lawyers get mighty desperate with lousy cases and will try to pull absolutely anything out of the hat, caring not a whit about this woman’s life that has already been wrecked.


47 posted on 08/19/2013 1:10:53 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: KeyLargo

If she wanted to do away with her baby for insurance purposes or any other reason, there are other ways to do away with the baby like smothering it in the crib or any other number of other “accidents”. I’m not buying it.


48 posted on 08/19/2013 1:20:05 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: KeyLargo

Interesting defense, I wonder if he has the evidence to back it up.


49 posted on 08/19/2013 1:30:23 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Greysard

“But even if a teen was hired as a killer, he would be probably smart enough to shoot from a hidden place, secure the retreat, to have an alibi, and to remain quiet.”

Have you seen the pictures of this guy?


50 posted on 08/19/2013 1:32:22 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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