BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- An attorney for Commissioner James Henry Brooks, Sr. has issued a statement on behalf of his client. The letter states Brooks was duped by the family of De'Marquis Elkins, one of the teen suspects accused in the baby's murder.
The statement, released by attorney Alan David Tucker says Brooks was tricked into believing the alibi provided by Elkins' mother and aunt.
In a letter obtained by Action News Tucker writes, "It was [Brooks'] honest belief at the time that he was trying to protect the rights of his constituents by advising them to remain silent and not make any additional statements to the police without having a lawyer present. Unfortunately, he learned later that the Elkins were not being truthful with the police when they made statements about Mr. Elkins' whereabouts during the time of the shooting."
Brooks is facing charges of obstructing a law enforcement officer and influencing a witness in the investigation into Santiago's murder. He has been granted bail by a Glynn County judge and should be released from jail this morning.
A photograph of Tucker's letter, along with the bail order for Brooks' release is attached to this web story. Just click on the main story image for a slideshow.
Action News is continuing to uncover new information on this latest arrest in connection to the investigation into Antonio Santiago's murder.
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