Man Hides Gun Used to Kill Baby in Friend's Couch: Police

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    A woman who said she grew up with a man accused of fatally shooting a baby says the man asked if he could hide his gun under her couch.

    Danielle Williams testified that De'Marquise Elkins came to her home and made the request last March, the day after 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was fatally shot in his stroller. Williams said Elkins' mother and sister came to retrieve the gun later in the day.

    Elkins is charged with murder in the baby's slaying. Prosecutors say the child was killed during a robbery attempt. The baby's mother, Sherry West, was shot in the leg.

    "A boy approached me and told me he wanted my money and I told him I didn't have any money," said West. "And he said give me your money or I'm going to kill you, and I'm gonna shoot your baby, and kill your baby. And I said I don't have any money and don't kill my baby."

    Two teens, 14 and 17, were arrested and charged with the murder the next day.

    West, a former resident of Gloucester County, New Jersey, also lost an 18-year-old son to violence. Shaun Glassy was stabbed with a steak knife in 2008. 

    Elkins' mother and sister are charged with evidence tampering.

    The trial is being held in Marietta because of the publicity the case garnered in the spring.