Body camera footage has been released from the night of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Marksville that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy and left his father critically wounded.
The highly controversial case has remained sealed, but during a pretrial hearing, Judge William Bennett ruled that the footage can be released to the public.
Judge Bennett also ruled that the two officers, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, will have separate trials after denying a motion filed by the defense.
The shooting happened Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 around 9:30 p.m. During the hearing the State argued that as the shooting began, you can see Chris Few, the father of the slain child Jeremy Mardis, with his hands raised.
Other evidence provided was a testimony by Trooper Rodney Owens, the lead detective on the investigation. He said that out of 18 shells found, 14 came from Stafford’s gun. The other four came from the Greenhouse.
Jeremy Mardis was struck five times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Parish investigators initially said marshals were chasing Chris Few because of an outstanding warrant. However, WAFB checked with the Clerk of Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Marksville Police Department and City Court and did not find any outstanding warrants. Col. Mike Edmonson said so far, their investigation shows the same.
The trial for Stafford is set for a November 28 and Greenhouse for March 13.