Two Louisiana Marshals Indicted for Murder of Autistic 6-Year-Old

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

A Louisiana grand jury indicted two marshals on second-degree murder charges for allegedly fatally shooting a 6-year-old autistic boy who was sitting in the passenger seat of his father’s vehicle during a police chase, PEOPLE confirms. Marksville, Louisiana, city marshals Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, allegedly opened fire on a car driven by Jeremy Mardis’ father, Christopher Few, during an incident that began when Few allegedly fled the marshals who were trying to serve him a warrant. 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 cops allegedly fired at least 18 rounds between them, according to multiple reports, killing Mardis and injuring Few, who subsequently spent a week in the hospital. “Today’s indictments will allow the State to move forward in the process of seeking justice for Jeremy Mardis and to hold accountable those who are responsible for his death, Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said in a statement. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? 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.

At approximately 26 seconds into the video, the driver, Christopher Few’s empty hands are raised and visible when gunfire becomes audible,” the report said, according to the Associated Press. He did not reveal what was on the footage, but he said, “I can tell you, as a father, it was one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed.” Stafford and Caldwell were accused earlier this year in a civil rights lawsuit of using excessive force on a man at an Independence Day event, PEOPLE confirms. 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.

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? 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.

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