The Latest: Officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

March 24, 2017 09:56 PM

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — The Latest on murder trial of a law enforcement officer charged in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy (all times local):

9 p.m.


Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges. Stafford had been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Stafford and another deputy city marshal opened fire on a car, killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father after a car chase in Marksville on Nov. 3, 2015.

Video from a police officer's body camera shows the father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle while the two deputies fired.

Stafford testified he shot at the car because he feared Few was going to back up and hit the other deputy, Norris Greenhouse Jr.

Greenhouse faces a separate trial later this year.


1:45 p.m.

A Louisiana law enforcement officer has testified at his murder trial that he was trying to save a fellow officer when he opened fire on a car, killing a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounding his father.

The Advocate reports ( ) that Derrick Stafford cried Friday when a prosecutor showed him photographs of the slain child, Jeremy Mardis.

Stafford says he didn't know the boy was in the car when he fired and didn't see his father's hands in the air after a 2-mile car chase in Marksville in November 2015.

But he says he shot at the car because he feared the father, Christopher Few, was going to back up and hit another deputy city marshal with his vehicle.

Stafford is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.


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