Sherry West may have endured the worst as a parent. In March, her 13-month-old was slain during a robbery attempt. Now things take a turn for the worse as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveals that gunpowder residue was found on both West and Louis Santiago, the dead child’s father. According to WJXT News, the defense team of De’Marquise Elkins, 17, filed a motion to force prosecutors to hand over the information.
Elkins and Domonique Lang, 15, are facing 18 charges in all, and they will be charged as adults. However, West and Santiago were never considered as suspects. West insists that the gunshot residue came from the struggle she had during the robbery attempt. In an odd twist, Santiago is now being held on separate and unrelated charges, according to WTEV News. He is in the Glynn County Detention Facility.
In an ironic twist, Elkins and Lang are also housed in the same facility. West has stated that Santiago was at Wal-Mart and not on the scene of the robbery/murder. West also says the gunshot residue got on his hands from touching her clothes in the hospital.
According to the GBI report, the gunshot residue presence “supports the possibility that the individual discharged a firearm, was in close proximity to a firearm upon discharge or came into contact with an item whose surface bears GSR.”
The story given by West back in March states that the teens approached her on a Brunswick, Georgia street as she was pushing the stroller with her son in it. The teens approached West and asked if she had any money. When she said no, the teens shot West twice and then shot the baby. Several onlookers dialed 911 as West performed CPR on her child.
This story is reminiscent of the Susan Smith story. In 1995, Smith drowned her two sons and blamed a black man for the murder of her children.