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BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) —  An Avoyelles Parish grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against two former Marksville deputy city marshals for their actions following a vehicle pursuit on Nov. 3, Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced.

Norris Joseph Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Walker Stafford are charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis. Greenhouse and Stafford are also charged with attempted second-degree murder for shooting and critically wounding Mardis’ father, Christopher Few.

Greenhouse, 24, of Marksville, and Stafford, 32, of Mansura, were arrested Nov. 6 after an investigation by the Louisiana State Police.

“Today’s indictments will allow the State to move forward in the process of seeking justice for Jeremy Mardis and to hold accountable those who are responsible for his death,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “I appreciate the grand jury’s service, and I am grateful to the Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies who have worked diligently to investigate this matter. My office will continue its detailed and thorough investigation as we prepare for trial.”

Second-degree murder is punishable by a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Attempted second-degree murder is punishable by 50 years in prison at hard labor.

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