MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Marksville police officer accused of killing a 6-year-old boy during a pursuit will have a bond hearing Thursday. The Investigators learned Wednesday that the second police officer charged who is already out on bail also wants his bond lowered as well.
Derrick Stafford's attorney filed a motion to reduce his bond. Sources say that a judge will make a decision on Stafford's bond reduction Thursday.
Lawyers for Norris Greenhouse Jr. also filed a motion to get his bond reduced.
Stafford and Greenhouse Jr. are accused of shooting and killing 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis in November. Mardis' father, Chris Few, was also shot during the incident.
Both officers were arrested in November and were indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in December. A second-degree murder conviction in Louisiana carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of probation or parole.
Bond was set at $1 million for each man. Greenhouse Jr. posted bail after his father, Norris Greenhouse Sr., secured a $1 million property bond. He was released on bond on November 24.
Stafford remains in Rapides Parish where he is being held on a $1 million bond.
"Mr. Stafford nor his family can afford to make that bond," said Jonathan Goins, Stafford's lawyer.
According to the paperwork filed Wednesday, Greenhouse Jr.'s attorneys are saying "the evidence in this matter is lacking and insufficient to support a conviction."
Even though Greenhouse Jr. is already out on bond, his attorneys say "a reduction of said bond would free certain portions of the Greenhouse's property," meaning some of the property his parents put up for the bond would be given back to the family.
His attorneys are also asking to have one of the conditions of Greenhouse's release removed. When Greenhouse Jr. bonded out, he was required to wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet that limits him only to the one confidential location he told officials he would remain. He cannot go anywhere else without a judge's permission, including to meet his own lawyer.
Judge William Bennett will hear both officers' requests to reduce their $1 million bond Thursday morning at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.