Initial motion hearings for Greenhouse, Stafford delayed to May

March 9-10 dates cancelled to give defense attorneys time to review additional evidence

Preliminary motions in the murder trials of Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. will not be heard until May 17 and May 18.

   The 12th Judicial District Court had originally scheduled motion hearings for both defendants on March 9 and 10. Those dates were cancelled to give defense attorneys time to receive and review additional evidence submitted by the state Attorney General’s Office.
    The AG’s Office took over prosecution of the case after the Avoyelles District Attorney’s Office recused itself due to an assistant district attorney’s family relationship to one of the defendants.
    Stafford and Greenhouse were arrested Nov. 6 and charged with the 2nd-degree murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the attempted 2nd-degree murder of the boy’s father, Chris Few, following a traffic stop in Marksville on Nov. 3. State Police said body camera video by another police officer at the scene shows Few had his empty hands raised before the shots are heard on the video.
   Jeremy Mardis was buckled next to his father in the front seat of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. Few was seriously wounded and spent several days in ICU at an Alexandria hospital.
   Both men were moonlighting as Marksville City Marshal’s Office deputies at the time of the incident. Stafford was also a full-time officer with the Marksville Police Department and Greenhouse was a full-time deputy with the Alexandria City Marshal’s Office.
    Greenhouse was released on $1 million bond in November, posted by his family. His trial is set for Nov. 28.
   Stafford was released on $1 million bond earlier this month, posted by over 20 individuals in several parishes, his attorneys said. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 26.


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