The Latest: FBI in contact with police in boy’s shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The latest on the murder charges against two local marshals in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy (all times local):
An FBI spokesman says federal authorities are in “constant communication” with state investigators about last week’s fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy by law enforcement officers in a central Louisiana city.
The officers, 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr., have been booked on state charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. The Louisiana State Police is leading the investigation, and the state attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case.
Craig Betbeze, a spokesman for the FBI’s New Orleans division, said in an email Tuesday to The Associated Press that he can’t elaborate on why the FBI and Justice Department’s civil rights division have been communicating with the State Police about the case.
Col. Mike Edmonson said the State Police routinely shares case information with the FBI and will in this case, too.
Louisiana State Police investigators have met with prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office to discuss their investigation of a 6-year-old boy’s fatal shooting by law-enforcement officers.
Tuesday’s meeting in Baton Rouge was the first between the State Police and Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell’s staff since his office took over the prosecution of the case against two Marksville city marshals, 32-year-old Derrick Stafford and 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr.
Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle recused himself from the case Monday because one of his assistant prosecutors is Greenhouse’s father.
Greenhouse and Stafford are accused of fatally shooting Jeremy Mardis and wounding his father, Chris Few, last Tuesday. A lawyer for Few said a police body camera recorded the father with his hands up and posing no threat as police fired into his car.