City marshals indicted in killing of autistic La. boy, 6

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 city marshals indicted in La. boy’s shooting death.

A grand jury has indicted on murder charges the two deputy marshals arrested last month in connection with a shooting in which a 6-year-old boy, Jeremy Mardis, was killed and his father, Chris Few, wounded in Marksville, Louisiana.

— Two deputy city marshals were indicted on second-degree murder charges Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy last month while he was strapped into the front seat of his father’s vehicle. The indictment handed up Thursday by an Avoyelles Parish grand jury charges 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr. with one count each of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. A lawyer representing Few claimed that a third officer’s body cam had captured footage of the incident, and showed that Few, with whom one of the marshals may have had a prior, antagonistic relationship, had his hands in the air when the marshals opened fire.

Jeremy, an autistic first-grader who was buckled into the passenger seat of the car, was shot multiple times in the head and torso and died at the scene. Few was seriously wounded, but is recovering. (Photo: Town Talk file photo) Both men were working as Marksville city marshals, but also work for other law enforcement agencies. Mardis’s grandmother, Cathy Mardis, said she wants the footage of her grandson’s shooting to be made public. “There may be some graphic, disturbing images, but I think it needs to be seen,” she told the Advocate.

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