Homicide

Deputy asks judge to move trial over boy's deadly shooting

  • FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Marksville City Marshal Derrick Stafford. Marshal Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Stafford were arrested on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis, a six-year-old autistic boy,  in Marksville, La. Derrick Stafford's attorneys are asking a judge to move his trial to a different Louisiana parish. They claim he can't get a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish due to extensive media coverage of the case and "inflammatory" statements made by the head of the Louisiana State Police. (Louisiana State Police via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Marksville City Marshal Derrick Stafford. Marshal Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Stafford were arrested on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis, a six-year-old autistic boy, in Marksville, La. Derrick Stafford's attorneys are asking a judge to move his trial to a different Louisiana parish. They claim he can't get a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish due to extensive media coverage of the case and "inflammatory" statements made by the head of the Louisiana State Police. (Louisiana State Police via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015 file photo, Derrick Stafford is led into the Avoyelles Parish courthouse for his bond hearing in Marksville, La.. State District Judge William Bennett refused to lower the $1 million bond that was set for the Marksville deputy marshal charged with murder in the fatal shooting of  6-year-old  Jeremy Mardis. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2015 file photo, Derrick Stafford is led into the Avoyelles Parish courthouse for his bond hearing in Marksville, La.. State District Judge William Bennett refused to lower the $1 million bond that was set for the Marksville deputy marshal charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015 file photo, pallbearers carry the casket of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis to the grave site at Beaumont Cemetery in Beaumont, Miss., 30 miles east of Hattiesburg. One of two deputy city marshals charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis is asking a judge to move his trial to a different Louisiana parish. Derrick Stafford's attorneys claim he can't get a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish due to extensive media coverage of the case and "inflammatory" statements made by the head of the Louisiana State Police.
Mardis, who was autistic, was killed and his father wounded when marshals opened fire on their vehicle in Marksville, La., on Nov. 3. (Eli Baylis/Hattiesburg American via AP, File) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015 file photo, pallbearers carry the casket of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis to the grave site at Beaumont Cemetery in Beaumont, Miss., 30 miles east of Hattiesburg. One of two deputy city marshals charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis is asking a judge to move his trial to a different Louisiana parish. Derrick Stafford's attorneys claim he can't get a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish due to extensive media coverage of the case and "inflammatory" statements made by the head of the Louisiana State Police. Mardis, who was autistic, was killed and his father wounded when marshals opened fire on their vehicle in Marksville, La., on Nov. 3. (Eli Baylis/Hattiesburg American via AP, File) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

One of two deputy city marshals charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy is asking a judge to move his trial to a different Louisiana parish.

Derrick Stafford's attorneys claim he can't get a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish due to extensive media coverage of the case and "inflammatory" statements made by the head of the Louisiana State Police. State District Judge William Bennett is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on Stafford's request for a change of venue.

Stafford and the other deputy, Norris Greenhouse Jr., have pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

They were arrested less than a week after the Nov. 3, 2015, shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father, Chris Few.