Jury selection continues in murdered toddler trial

Six potential jurors said they could not be fair in trial


MARIETTA, Ga. – The second day of jury selection in the Elkins trial begins Tuesday.

De'marquise Elkins is one of two teens charged with the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick six months ago.

His mother, Karimah Elkins, is also on trial accused of lying to police and tampering with evidence. The trial has been moved to Marietta, Georgia right outside Atlanta.

The jury selection starts at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and will continue until they can find 12 people who don't have a biased opinion about the case.

There were 48 candidates Monday, but that number will get smaller Tuesday. Six people admitted they'd have a tough time judging this trial.

18-year-old De'marquise Elkins and his mother Karimah sat with very little expression as potential jurors were screened by their lawyers and state prosecutors.

Both sides asked the jury pool a series of questions about how much they knew about the shooting death of 1-year-old Antonio Santiago on March 21st.

What you've seen in random media could taint your judgment in this case? That could make you think one way or the other.

Almost every candidate said they knew a little about the case from reading about it online and seeing it on the local news.

Three candidates admitted they already had formed strong opinions about the case and the suspects.

District Attorney, Jacky Johnson asked the potential jurors if they could keep an open mind if the co-defendant were to testify.

The potential jurors all said they could do that, but the defense asked a question that some of them said would be difficult to handle.

"Could you be impartial during the trial since a child was murdered," said Defense Attorney Lockwood.

Six of the potential jurors; A father, several mothers and grandmothers said they could not be fair.

There will be 12 jurors with one or two alternates on this case. The judge said they will not be sequestered.

15-year-old Dominque Lang is also charged with murder in the case. His trial hasn't started yet but prosecutors told the potential jurors he may testify in the case.