Two Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Charged With Murder
Tuesday evening, Officers Norris Greenhouse, Jr. and Derrick Stafford pursued a SUV driven by Chris Few. It happened about 90 miles northwest of Baton Rouge in the town of Marksville. Few’s 6-year old son was in the passenger’s seat. Few was on a dead-end street, and that is when the two officers opened fire, hitting Jeremy Mardis five times in the head and chest, killing him. His dad was seriously wounded.
There are conflicting reports; some saying that there was a warrant out for Few, and others saying there was no warrant. No gun was found in Few’s possession.
Four officers were involved in the chase. All have been placed on paid administrative leave, but Greenhouse Jr. ,23, and Stafford, 32, have been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
State Police Col. Michael Edmonson said that they used some of the body cam footage in the investigation to make the decision to charge the two officers.
Greenhouse and Stafford were working second jobs as city marshals when the shooting happened. Greenhouse is a full-time Marksville police lieutenant and Stafford is a marshal in Alexandria.
KATC reports that their investigation uncovered that both officers have been previously accused of civil rights violations.
In October, 2011, Lt. Derrick Stafford was indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury on two counts of aggravated rape. The case was resolved. The station has been unable to obtain the case documents.
Derrick Stafford has five pending civil lawsuits involving him in Avoyelles Parish. He’s also worked for the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department, Marksville Police Department and the Chenyville Police Department. Norris Greenhouse Jr. was also named in several of the suits. The District Attorney recused himself from the case because Greenhouse’s father is an Assistant District Attorney.
Jeremy’s funeral is scheduled for tomorrow. He will be buried in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.