Louisiana marshals indicted in shooting death of 6-year-old boy

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Louisiana city marshals indicted on murder charges in 6-year-old boy’s shooting death.

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. — A Louisiana grand jury indicted two deputy marshals on charges of second-degree murder on Thursday after a 6-year-old boy was killed last month during a volley of gunfire as the officers chased his father’s car.

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. Police say Stafford, a full-time police lieutenant, and Greenhouse, a former police officer, were moonlighting as deputy city marshals in Marksville on the night of Nov. 3 when they fired at least 18 rounds at a car driven by Chris Few.

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. While local authorities initially said the deputy marshals were trying to arrest Few on a warrant when he fled by car, state police later said there was no record of a warrant. The boy’s grandmother spoke to the media Thursday outside the courthouse before the indictments were announced, calling for the release of the body camera footage of the shooting and describing the pain the shooting had inflicted on the family. “It’s been pure hell.

The video has not been publicly released but was described by the superintendent of theLouisiana State Police, Colonel Mike Edmonson, as “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen.” Greenhouse was released from jail after posting $1 million bail. 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. 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.

After Thursday’s indictment, the judge vacated that gag order, according to local newspaper The Advocate, but the video still hasn’t been released. 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. 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. 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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