De’Marquise Elkins showed little emotion when a jury him found guilty of malice murder in the shooting death of Sherry West’s infant baby in Brunswick, Ga., on March 21 that shocked and horrified American citizens.
A jury of nine men and three women — all white — took only about an hour and 45 minutes in deliberations to find Elkins guilty on all charges, including malice murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery with a deadly weapon when he also shot West in a botched robbery attempt in mid-morning on that fateful Thursday in this small seaside port town on the tip of Southeastern Georgia.
Elkins’ mother, Karima Elkins, 36, was found guilty on the charge of tampering with evidence when she and Elkins’ sister took the .22 caliber revolver handgun from a friend’s home on the morning of the murder and dumped it into a salt-river pond just north of Brunswick in Glynn County, Ga. The mother was found innocent of the charge of obstruction of justice in allegedly lying about her son’s whereabouts on March 21.
Glynn County Superior Court Judge said the sentencing phase will be taken care of at a later date.
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