BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia 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 says she opposes.
A judge Tuesday ordered a mental evaluation for 16-year-old Dominique Lang, who is charged as an adult with felony murder in the March 2013 slaying of young Antonio Santiago. Lang didn't pull the trigger, but he testified last summer that he accompanied an older teen who shot the child while trying to rob his mother in coastal Brunswick.
Georgia law doesn't allow juvenile courts to hear murder cases. Prosecutors haven't opposed the move, but Antonio's mother, Sherry West, said Lang should stand trial.