Marksville officer remains jailed because La. law prevents his father from posting bond

Marksville officer remains jailed; another candlelight vigil set for Saturday

MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - It appears as though the release of an officer in Marksville may not happen as quickly as everyone first thought.

Norris Greenhouse Jr., 23, was expected to have been released from prison Thursday around noon, but instead, jail officials said there was a technicality issue and now indicate it could take a few days to sort things out.

The reason Greenhouse was not released Thursday is because his dad, who is an assistant district attorney in Avoyelles Parish, legally cannot bond anyone out due to his position.

"It is every person's constitutional right to bond out and await trial at home," says Bondswoman Linda Sherman. She says people can pay the whole amount, 12% for a commercial bond, or as Greenhouse's dad was doing, putting up enough property.

"You can post property for that whole bond amount," says Sherman.

Records with the Avoyelles Parish Tax Assessor show a vacant lot is owned by Greenhouse's father. But because he is an assistant DA, he legally cannot bond anyone out. Sources say his wife, however, can. The properties must be legally signed over and transferred in name, which could take a couple of days, delaying their son's release.

Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, 32, were both arrested last Friday. They are accused of shooting and killing Jeremy Mardis, 6, and injuring his father, Chris Few. KALB-TV in Alexandria reported Few was released from the hospital Wednesday and is at home with his family recovering.

A memorial has been set up at the scene of the shooting. There are balloons, bears and even a rosary on one of the stuffed animals. There is also a candle at the site.

A candlelight vigil will be held at that location Saturday at 7 p.m. in honor of Mardis and Few. Organizers are asking everyone to bring their own candles and the entire community is invited.

The investigation into the deadly shooting is ongoing.

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