The lawyer of a Marksville City Marshall accused of fatally shooting a 6-year-old boy has filed a motion to move the trial out of Avoyelles Parish. 31-year-old Derrick Stafford’s attorney, Christopher LaCour says with all the media coverage he doesn’t believe Stafford can get a fair trial in this parish.
“When all of this happened you had the mayor on TV saying that there is corruption in the town, basically alluding that the police department is corrupt.”
Stafford and fellow officer Norris Greenhouse Jr. are facing second-degree murder charges in last November’s shooting death of Jeremy Mardis. LaCour says neither Stafford nor Greenhouse intended to kill the autistic boy. He says he wants to give Stafford the best defense he can and that won’t happen if the case is heard in Avoyelles Parish.
“People being interviewed saying that they didn’t want to talk about the case because of fear of reprisal from the police department. It makes you wonder can an officer involved in a shooting of a minor child, get a fair trial?”
Stafford and Greenhouse are set to go to trial this fall.