Bail set at $1 million for Louisiana marshals charged in boy's death

Reuters News
|
Posted: Nov 09, 2015 12:46 PM

By Bryn Stole

MARKSVILLE, La. (Reuters) - Two Louisiana marshals charged in a shooting that left a 6-year-old boy dead and his father injured will be required to surrender their service firearms and badges if they are able to post $1 million in bail ordered by a judge on Monday.

Judge William Bennett set bail for marshals Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, during a closed hearing at the Avoyelles Parish Jail.

The two men were working for the Marksville City Marshal in central Louisiana when they fired 18 times at a vehicle after a chase last week, state police said. Jeremy Mardis died in the shooting and his father, Chris Few, was wounded.

The marshals are charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. The judge ordered them to be held under home confinement should they be released from jail, according to Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson, who announced the bail terms after the hearing.

Local authorities initially said marshals from the city were trying to arrest Few on a warrant when he fled by car, prompting the pursuit.

But Colonel Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said there was no record of a warrant.

"That simply just wasn't true," he told CNN on Monday.

Edmonson said state police were trying to figure out why the officers chased Few's car and what caused them to shoot. No firearms were found in Few's vehicle, he said.

State police announced the charges against Stafford and Greenhouse on Friday after reviewing footage of the shooting captured on another officer's body camera.

The footage has not been released, but Edmonson has called it the most disturbing thing he had seen.

Mardis "didn’t deserve to die like that," Edmonson said on CNN.

A funeral for the boy is planned for Monday afternoon in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where his mother lives.

Stafford and Greenhouse have been placed on leave, along with two other officers present at the shooting.

Both men work part-time for the Marksville City Marshal. Stafford is also a lieutenant with the Marksville police department, and Greenhouse serves as a reserve officer for that force.

(Writing by Colleen Jenkins; editing by Grant McCool)