- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

Two Louisiana law enforcement officers charged in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured his father were ordered held Monday on $1 million bond each.

Avoyelles Parish District Judge William Bennett set bail during a hearing Monday for Lt. Derrick Stafford, 32, and Deputy Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, during a closed hearing at the local jail. He also issued a sweeping gag order in the case against any contact with media outlets.

Both men are charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Jeremy Mardis was killed and his father, Chris Few, injured last week when the marshals fired at Mr. Few’s vehicle after a chase.

Initial reports suggested the marshals were attempting to serve a warrant on Mr. Few before they opened fire, but that account quickly unraveled.

Col. Michael Edmonson, of the Louisiana State Police, said there was no evidence of a warrant, nor was there a gun found at the scene.

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Police body-worn cameras have come into play in the investigation. Relaying a description of what the video captured, an attorney for Mr. Few said his client had his hands up and posed no threat when the marshals opened fire on him and his autistic son.

“This was not a threatening situation for the police,” attorney Mark Jeansonne told The Associated Press, noting that he had not seen the video but that its contents were described to the judge during Monday’s hearing.

“It is the most disturbing thing I’ve seen — and I will leave it at that,” Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said last week announcing the arrest of the two men. “That little boy was buckled into the front seat of that vehicle and that is how he died.”

Jeremy was struck by five bullets, according to the Avoyelles Parish coroner’s office. His funeral was held Monday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

His father remained hospitalized with bullet fragments in his brain and lung. Not only could Mr. Few not attend the service, according to Mr. Jeansonne, he does not even know his son is dead yet.

Investigators are still analyzing evidence to determine what prompted the shooting, which Louisiana State Police said occurred “at the conclusion of a pursuit.”

Lt. Stafford is an officer with the Marksville Police Department and Deputy Greenhouse is a full-time city marshal. Both were working part time as deputy marshals in Marksville when the shooting occurred. Both policemen are black, according to arrest reports, while photos released to news outlets show the victims to be white.

If the two officers make bond, they will be ordered to home confinement and made to turn over all firearms as well as their badges, according to a court order. Both men had been held at the Avoyelles Parish jail but were moved after the bail hearing to a jail in Alexandria, Louisana, for reasons that were not made public and that the gag order precluded reporters from determining.

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