Mortgage documents filed for Stafford bond

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Attorney Christopher LaCour (left), of Alexandria, files mortgage documents to support a $1 million bond for his client, Derrick Stafford. Receiving the documents are Avoyelles Clerk of Court Connie Couvillion (far) and Deputy Clerk-Recorder Stephanie Carmouche (near). Stafford was released on bond Wednesday. He is charged with the 2nd-degree murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

    Mortgage documents for a $1 million bond were filed in Avoyelles Parish Clerk of Court’s Office at 10:30 a.m. today, clearing the way for accused murderer Derrick Stafford to be released from jail later today.

   Attorney Christopher LaCour of Alexandria said the bond is “under seal” at this time “to protect the privacy of those property owners who want to help Derrick Stafford.”
   LaCour said those putting their property as surety for Stafford’s $1 million bond “are family and people in the community.” He said there are properties in several parishes that are mortgaged to make the bond.
   Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. were moonlighting as Marksville deputy marshals on the night of Nov. 3 when they pursued a car driven by Christopher Few. Few was hemmed in at the deadend of Martin Luther King St., in front of the closed Marksville State Historical Site.
   Greenhouse and Stafford are accused of shooting approximately 20 bullets into the vehicle, severely wounding Few and killing his son, 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, who was seat belted in the passenger front seat.
   State Police said a body camera video of the incident shows Few’s empty hands were raised when the shots were fired.
Stafford was a full-time officer with the Marksville Police Department and Greenhouse was a full-time Alexandria City Marshal’s deputy at the time of the shooting.