- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Two men working as city marshals in Marksville and accused of killing an autistic 6-year-old boy have been fired from their jobs with the Alexandria City Marshal’s Office.

The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1N2YYvd ) that Alexandria Marshal Terrence Grines has fired Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford.

Both men face charges of second-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Mardis on Nov. 3 while they were working as Marksville city marshals.

Greenhouse was a full-time Alexandria deputy marshal and Stafford was a part-time Alexandria deputy marshal.

The pair were on patrol when, for reasons that still haven’t been explained, they began pursuing a car driven by Chris Few. His son, Mardis, was in the passenger seat. The marshals unleashed a stream of bullets, killing the boy and severely wounding Few.

Stafford and Greenhouse also face attempted second-degree murder charges.

A coroner initially said that the marshals were trying to serve Few, a boat pilot on the Red River, with a warrant. But state police quickly refuted that, saying no such warrant existed.

Video from another officer’s body camera showed Few had his hands up inside the vehicle and didn’t pose a threat when the officers fired at least 18 rounds, an attorney for the father told The Associated Press.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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