Marshals' hearing in boy's death closed; funeral scheduled
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Ahead of the funeral for a 6-year-old boy killed when marshals opened fire on a vehicle, the two men will have a closed hearing in jail related to their bond.
Jeremy Mardis was killed and his father, Chris Few, wounded when the marshals in the town of Marksville opened fire on their vehicle last week. Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville, each face charges of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. They were being held in a jail in central Louisiana, and a judge was expected to meet with them there Monday morning for the hearing. It will be closed to reporters and the public.
Also Monday, District Attorney Charles A. Riddle recused himself from the case. The state attorney general's officer will take over the prosecution. Riddle said one of his top assistant prosecutors is the father of Greenhouse.
The episode, Riddle said, is "not good for any of us."
Louisiana State Police announced late Friday that they had arrested the two marshals and say they're still investigating the incident, which raised questions almost from the beginning.
Initial reports suggested the marshals were serving a warrant on Few when the shooting happened. But Louisiana's head of state police, Col. Mike Edmonson, has said there was no evidence a warrant was issued. He added that no gun was found on the scene.
State police said Stafford is a full-time lieutenant with the Marksville Police Department; Greenhouse is a full-time city marshal. Both were working part time as deputy marshals in Marksville's Ward 2 when Tuesday's shooting occurred, state police said.
Investigators have been combing through forensics evidence, 911 calls and body camera footage. They have not released the footage or the calls, but Edmonson described the body camera footage at a news conference Friday as "the most disturbing thing I've seen." He added that the boy had died while still buckled into his seat in the car.
Mardis was to be buried Monday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He had recently moved from Hattiesburg to Louisiana.