Louisiana city marshals indicted on murder charges in shooting of 6-year-old boy

Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 20:04:48-05
By Sarah Aarthun


(CNN) — Two Marksville, Louisiana, marshals were indicted on murder charges Thursday in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was shot in the passenger seat of his father’s car after a police pursuit.

A grand jury indicted Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse, 23, on second degree murder and second degree attempted murder charges in the November 3 shooting, which left 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis dead and his father, Christopher Few, wounded.

“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 Caldwell said after the grand jury hearing.

Jeremy, a first-grader, was buckled in the front passenger seat of Few’s car when he was shot.

The marshals began pursuing the car after they witnessed an argument between Few and his girlfriend in front of a local bar, a source close to the case told CNN last month.

The marshals said they witnessed “domestic abuse” and moved in to detain Few, who instead took off in his SUV, according to the source.

The pursuit ended in gunfire on a dead-end street in Marksville, a town of about 5,500 about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, authorities said. At least 18 rounds were fired.

Investigators said there were no outstanding warrants against the father, and no firearm was found in his vehicle.

Greenhouse knew Few before the deadly encounter, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN. Investigators are looking into the extent of their relationship.

State police Col. Michael Edmonson, the head of Louisiana’s state police, said “disturbing” body camera footage helped build the case against the two officers accused of shooting the boy.

“I’ve been a police officer for 35 years, but as a father — much less as a state police — it was a disturbing, disturbing video that I watched, and that really helped move us forward,” Edmonson said last month.

Jeremy’s first-grade special needs teacher Roxanne Couvillion recalled last month how much the boy loved class, playing and alphabet puzzles. Jeremy was autistic and did not communicate verbally, she said. Couvillion said he was one of her favorite students.

She said she especially loved the way his eyes lit up when he smiled.

“We’re just heartbroken,” she said. “He always was an angel, and we know that he’s watching over us.”

CNN’s Seth Kovar, Dana Ford and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.