The Latest: Officer's lawyer blames dad for boy's shooting

FILE- In this March 13, 2017, file photo, Derrick Stafford, one of two deputies charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jerem

FILE - This combination of undated file booking photos provided by the Louisiana State Police shows Marksville City Marshals Norris Gre

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a trial for a Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's fatal shooting (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

An attorney for a Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in a 6-year-old boy's shooting blames the child's father for the deadly confrontation.

A prosecutor told jurors on Monday that Derrick Stafford and another deputy marshal weren't in any danger when they fired a barrage of bullets at a car, killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father in Marksville on the night of Nov. 3, 2015.

But defense attorney Jonathan Goins said during opening statements for Stafford's trial that Jeremy's father, Christopher Few, led officers on a dangerous, high-speed chase and rammed into a deputy's vehicle before the shooting. Goins called Few as "the author of that child's fate."

The prosecutor said Few will testify he made "the biggest mistake of his life" when he didn't stop for the officers but had feared that he would lose custody of his son.


2 a.m.

Jurors are set to hear attorneys' opening statements for the trial of a Louisiana law enforcement officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Derrick Stafford's trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Marksville after a weeklong process of selecting 12 jurors and two alternates to hear the case.

Stafford is one of two deputy city marshals charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder over the November 2015 shooting that killed Jeremy Mardis and critically wounded his father, Christopher Few, after a car chase.

Video from a police officer's body camera shows the father had his hands raised inside his vehicle while Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. fired.

Defense attorneys claim the officers acted in self-defense.

Greenhouse faces a separate trial later this year.