Special to SEGAZINE
A teenager charged as an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy in his stroller wants his trial moved to juvenile court so he can avoid being prosecuted for murder — a legal move the slain baby’s mother said Tuesday she opposes.
Dominique Lang, 16, faces life in prison if he is tried as an adult and convicted of felony murder in the slaying a year ago of young Antonio Santiago. Prosecutors say Lang didn’t pull the trigger and nobody claims he was even armed during the botched street robbery in which the child was shot between the eyes. De’Marquise Elkins, 18, was convicted last summer of being the gunman after Lang testified against him.
Now Lang’s defense attorney wants prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley to agree to transfer his case to juvenile court. District Attorney Jackie Johnson didn’t oppose the move during a hearing Tuesday, but she noted Georgia law prohibits juvenile courts from hearing murder cases.
“The only way it goes to juvenile court is if the murder charge goes away,” Johnson told the judge. “At this point, without making a decision on it one way or the other, I think I’d like to say let’s wait and see what a mental evaluation would show.”