Lawyer: Motorist had hands up as police killed his boy
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A police body camera recorded the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy with his hands up and posing no threat as police opened fire into his car, severely wounding the motorist and killing his son, the man's lawyer said Monday.
"This was not a threatening situation for the police," said Mark Jeansonne, the attorney for Chris Few, who remained hospitalized Monday and could not attend the funeral of his son, Jeremy Mardis.
Jeansonne spoke with The Associated Press after a closed hearing in a Louisiana jail where he said the two local marshals were ordered held on $1 million bonds. Derrick Stafford, 32, of Mansura, and Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, of Marksville, are both charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
The lawyer said he still hasn't seen the video, but its contents were described to the judge during the hearing. He also said that while Few's condition is improving, he has not yet been told that his son died at the scene.
Louisiana State Police announced late Friday that they had arrested the two marshals in Tuesday's shooting, which raised questions from the start. Initial reports suggested the marshals had been serving a warrant on Few, but
Louisiana's state police chief, Col. Mike Edmonson, said there was no evidence of a warrant, nor was there a gun found at the scene.
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Posted on Tue, November 10, 2015
by Associated Press