Murder trial resumes for Marksville officer in shooting of autistic boy

Derrick Stafford walks to the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse with his family on March 20, 2017,. (Photo Credit: Emily Giangreco/KLFY)

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana law enforcement officer’s murder trial has resumed with a second day of testimony about his role in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy and critically wounded his father.

Jurors on Monday heard attorneys’ opening statements for Derrick Stafford’s trial, which resumed Tuesday.

Stafford is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Mardis and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of his father, Christopher Few.

Defense lawyers claim Stafford and another deputy city marshal, Norris Greenhouse Jr., acted in self-defense when they fired on Few’s vehicle after a November 2015 car chase in Marksville.

Prosecutors say the deputies weren’t in danger. Video from a police officer’s body camera shows Few’s hands were raised during the shooting.

Greenhouse awaits a separate trial later this year.

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