MARKSVILLE, La. – 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.