Grand jury indicts Louisiana city marshals in boy’s fatal shooting

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City deputies indicted in fatal shooting of 6-year-old in Louisiana city.

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A grandmother wept to hear a judge read the indictments of two deputy city marshals on second-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of her 6-year-old autistic grandson in a small Louisiana town. A grand jury in Louisiana indicted two Marksville city deputy marshals Thursday in a shooting last month that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounded his father.

Meanwhile, another police officer, who arrived on the scene and witnessed the shooting, told authorities that he didn’t open fire because he “didn’t fear for his life,” according to a report by Louisiana State Police. The state police report was released by Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell shortly after charges were filed against the two marshals, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford. The document also said Parnell’s body camera shows that Christopher Few’s empty hands are raised and visible inside the vehicle when gunfire becomes audible. Kenneth Parnell III, as well as description of a video shot from a body camera Parnell was wearing. “The body camera video is approximately 13 minutes and 47 seconds long.

They were charged with second-degree murder in the boy’s death and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting and critical wounding of his father, Attorney General Caldwell said in a statement . Amid a national debate over the use of deadly force by police, the shooting of Jeremy — a first-grader strapped into an SUV’s front seat beside his father — sent shock waves nationwide. The court filing released Thursday doesn’t explain why Greenhouse began pursuing the vehicle before Stafford and another deputy marshal joined in the pursuit of the fleeing vehicle. Bennett lifted a gag order on people involved in the case but prosecutors declined to disclose any additional details about the incident or describe what the video depicts. I just know there’s a lot more to this story than what has been talked about.” Jonathan Goins, a lawyer for Stafford, declined to describe his client’s account of the incident, but said evidence will show he “acted in a very lawful way.” State Police Col.

After Thursday’s indictment, the judge vacated that gag order, according to local newspaper The Advocate, but the video still hasn’t been released. The case also prompted troubling questions: Why were two deputy marshals — whose main job is serving court papers for the city judge — chasing an SUV and shooting at the driver?

How did Stafford — who had been charged twice with aggravated rape and has racked up a string of lawsuits accusing him of using excessive force — get hired as a deputy. That feud appears to be the reason the city marshal’s office began hiring deputies like Stafford and Greenhouse even though Marksville has a full-fledged police force patrolling its streets. I can’t explain what it’s like to bury your 6-year-old grandchild,” Cathy Mardis, 46, of Hattiesburg, Miss., told the Associated Press: “I want justice for Jeremy. But Samantha Few answered no questions from reporters, saying that she is subject to the gag order. “He was the most loving child you could have met. Mardis also told The Advocate that she wants the body cam footage to be released. “There may be some graphic, disturbing images but I think it needs to be seen,” she said.

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