The young accomplice of alleged baby killer, De’Marquise Elkins, 17, pointed him out in a crowded Cobb County courtroom today. 15-year-old Dominique Lang was also charged with the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago. Lang, who is awaiting his own trial, testified that Elkins started counting down from 5 before firing a bullet between the baby’s eyes after attempting to rob the baby’s mother, Sherry West, on March 21.
Andrea Sneiderman didn’t shed any tears for her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, on the witness stand during the 2012 trial of the man who killed him. But she shed tears for herself today when she pleaded with Judge Gregory Adams to let her go home to her kids.
The judge ignored her pleas and sentenced Sneiderman to serve 5 years on each charge of perjury for lying to investigators. Sneiderman was convicted of 9 of 13 charges yesterday in a DeKalb County courthouse.
Judge Adams said the sentences would run concurrently — not consecutively, meaning she will only serve 5 years in prison.
“Take her into custody,” said Judge Adams to the court officer. “Lawyers, move out of the way… do not obstruct.”
Moments ago, Judge John J. Goger denied Tameka Raymond’s request for primary custody of her two sons with singer Usher Raymond.
After the judge gave his decision, Tameka and Usher hugged in open court. Tameka filed for an emergency hearing on Tuesday after one of her sons nearly drowned on Monday.
Both Usher and Tameka took the stand saying the other was unfit to raise their 2 children, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 4.
But after hearing from both sides, Judge Goger let stand a previous judge’s order giving Usher primary custody of his kids.
Singer Usher Raymond smiled as he arrived at Fulton County Courthouse court in Atlanta, Georgia earlier today to face his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, in a new child custody battle after one of their sons nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident Monday.
Five-year-old Usher Raymond V, aka Cinco, is still recovering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital, according to the Tameka’s lawyer, Lisa West.
Tameka took the stand this afternoon and said she was concerned there was no pool drain cover installed in the pool as required by law. She said there have been other incidents — in addition to Cinco’s near drowning this week — that prove Usher is a bad dad.
Tameka also expressed concerns that Usher’s aunt, Rena Oden, was incapable of caring for the 2 boys. Cinco almost drowned at Oden’s house on Howell Mill Road in DeKalb County, north of Atlanta.
Niesha Stevens, Sister of Natina Reed Of Blaque, Found Dead Less Than A Year Of Famed Sister’s Death
The sister of deceased singer Natina Reed of the 90’s group Blaque was found dead in her DeKalb County home, Hiphopenquirer.com reports exclusively.
Niesha Stevens’ body was discovered late yesterday by her 7-year-old daughter. Stevens’ husband, Tim Stevens, was at work at the time. The couple married in February. DeKalb County police do not suspect foul play.
A 26-year-old Atlanta man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he was caught on video viciously beating a dog in an animal shelter.
Calvin Battle was fired after a supervisor viewed a surveillance video that showed him using a metal bowl to beat a dog in a kennel at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter. Battle was an employee of LifeLine Animal Project, the organization which is contracted to manage the DeKalb County Animal Shelter.
Animals at the shelter are usually abused and abandoned by their previous owners.
On Monday, singer Usher Raymond’s 5-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, almost became another tragic pool drain statistic.
The boy was playing in the pool with his aunt when his arm became caught in the pool’s drain. His aunt, a nanny, and a housekeeper were unsuccessful in pulling the boy from the drain.
Sound technician Eugene Stachurski, who was installing AV equipment in the house, heard the women’s screams and dived into the pool. Stachurski pulled the boy from the drain and performed CPR on him. CNN reports that the child was “conscious, alert and breathing” when an ambulance transported him to a hospital. He was kept overnight for observation.
“My son is OK, but I have no further comment at this time,” the boy’s mother Tameka Foster told CNN Tuesday. She answered “I have no comment” when asked about media reports that her lawyer filed an emergency injunction to remove her two sons from Usher’s care on Tuesday.
Usher and Tameka were lucky. Their son was saved by a quick thinking contractor. But an inexpensive pool drain cover could have prevented the near-tragedy from happening.