Trial dates set for Marksville deputy marshals in 6-year-old's shooting death
Posted on 1/6/2016 10:36:00 AM.
Trial dates are set for two deputy Marksville city marshals charged with the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy in November. 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 24-year-old Norris Greenhouse entered pleas of not guilty and will be tried separately in the death of Jeremy Mardis.


Legal analyst Tim Meche says it's not a surprise that the two men will be tried separately.
 
"Many times it occurs whenever one defendant has given a statement that could be detrimental to the other defendant, but there are other reasons as well."

Stafford's trial is set to begin September 26th, while Greenhouse's trial will start November 28th.  Meche says trials of this nature rarely start on there original start date.  But since Stafford remains jailed on a $1 million bond, Meche says he would be eager to get his trial underway.

"He has an incentive to go to trial early because he wants to get out.  The defendant who's out on bail does not care if he ever goes to trial."

Greenhouse was released from jail after his family posted a $1 million bail in November.  This case has garnered a lot of media attention and Meche says that attention can cut both ways.  He says it will be up to the defendants as to whether or not they'll try to move their trials elsewhere.

"Because they're well known in the community and have strong family ties and, probably, have a lot of friends in the community, the defendants may want to be tried in Avoyelles Parish." 
Norris Greenhouse, Derrick Stafford, Jeremy Mardis, Tim Meche

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