The Latest: Lawyer: Father had hands up as police killed son

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 1:20 PM

MARKSVILLE, Louisiana (AP) — The latest on the murder case against two Louisiana marshals in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

A lawyer says body camera video shows the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot to death in his car had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire last week.

Mark Jeansonne is the attorney for Chris Few, who was seriously wounded when local marshals in the town of Marksville opened fire. His 6-year-old, Jeremy Mardis, was killed in the backseat.

Jeansonne said "this was not a threatening situation for the police."

Jeansonne spoke with The Associated Press after a closed hearing for the two marshals, now jailed on $1 million bond. Thirty-two-year-old Derrick Stafford of Mansura and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr., of Marksville each is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

State police declined to comment on the video, citing the ongoing investigation.

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11 a.m.

A lawyer says bail has been set at $1 million each for two Louisiana law enforcement officers jailed in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy and the wounding of his father.

Mark Jeansonne (ZHAN'-sawn) is the attorney for Chris Few, the father of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. Few was seriously wounded and Mardis was killed last week when marshals in the town of Marksville opened fire on their car.

The officers, 32-year-old Derrick Stafford of Mansura and 23-year-old Derrick Greenhouse Jr., of Marksville each is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Bail was set at a Monday hearing closed to the press and public. Jeansonne told reporters outside the sheriff's office about the bail amount. Jeansonne also said that Few's condition is improving, but that he has not yet been told that his son was killed.

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9:20 a.m.

The district attorney in the parish where two marshals face murder charges in the death of a 6-year-old autistic boy has recused himself from the case, and a hearing related to the defendants' bond will be closed to the public and to reporters.

District Attorney Charles A. Riddle says one of his top assistant prosecutors is the father of defendant Norris Greenhouse Jr. The state attorney general's office will take over the prosecution of the case.

Riddle says the episode is "not good for any of us."

Twenty-three-year-old Greenhouse and 32-year-old Derrick Stafford are being held in jail in Marksville.

A judge is expected to meet with them there Monday morning for a hearing related to their bond. Reporters and the public won't be allowed.

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4:25 a.m.

Family and friends of a 6-year-old autistic boy killed when marshals in a Louisiana town opened fire on a vehicle are gathering for the boy's funeral.

Authorities have said Jeremy Mardis was killed and his father, Chris Few, was wounded when marshals in Marksville, Louisiana, opened fire on their vehicle last week.

Mardis will be buried Monday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He had recently moved from Hattiesburg to Louisiana.

Louisiana state police late Friday arrested two marshals in the case. Authorities are still trying to unravel what happened Tuesday evening. Initial reports suggested the marshals were serving a warrant on Few when the shooting happened.

But the Louisiana head of state police has said there was no evidence a warrant was issued, and no gun found at the scene.