Paperwork ‘difficulty’ hindering one Marksville officer from bonding out

Photo Credit: Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office

MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) – Officials said an officer charged in connection with the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy may not bond out Thursday due to some paperwork issues possibly related to a Louisiana law.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, remains in the Rapides Parish Prison on a $1 million bond. If he is able to post bond, he will be transferred to the Avoyelles Parish Prison for release.

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson said the paperwork for Greenhouse to post bond is still being processed.

“We’ve run into a little bit of difficulty,” Anderson said.

He added he doesn’t know if it will get done Thursday or Friday. There is a Louisiana law that states the following:

A person shall not be released on bail for which an attorney at law, a judge, or ministerial officer of a court becomes a surety or provides money or property for bail; but the invalidity of such bail shall not be a defense to an action to forfeit and enforce the bail.

Greenhouse’s father is an assistant district attorney.

The other officer, Derrick Stafford, 32, also remains in jail. There has been no word on whether he plans to post his $1 million bond.

Once bond is posted, the men will be ordered to house arrest with electronic monitoring, to surrender all service firearms and to surrender all badges and/or police officer certifications.

Stafford and Greenhouse are Marksville police officers and Ward 2 city marshal deputies. They are accused of shooting and killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father, Chris Few, after a car chase. The officers were moonlighting for the Ward 2 City Marshal’s Office at the time of the shooting.

Both face charges of second-degree murder for the death of Mardis and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Few. The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General will handle the prosecution of the two officers in the Marksville shooting.

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