MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Derrick Stafford, the second Marksville deputy city marshal arrested in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy has been released from jail after posting a $1 million bond.
Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. were arrested on Nov. 6, 2015, accused of shooting and killing Jeremy Mardis and severely injuring Mardis' father, Christopher Few. Both are charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
Stafford's lawyers said Tuesday that their client's family had secured enough property to put up for the $1 million bond. They added they had turned in all required paperwork and everything was filed under seal, meaning it is not open to public record.
"God has answered our prayers," says Dianne Stafford, Stafford's mother. "We were able to come up with the money to get our son out."
Stafford was being held at Rapides Parish Jail, but was transported back to the Avoyelles Parish Prison where he would bond out.
"We are happy that he is out of there," says Stafford's lawyer, Chris Lacourt. "Because he is a police officer and due to his own protection, he had to be in solitary confinement and it was taking a toll on him."
Officials have said between both deputy marshals, 18 rounds were fired and that no gun was found on Few or in his vehicle. They added when Few stepped out of his truck, he had his hands in the air.
When asked if she felt her nephew was innocent, Stafford's aunt, Bertha Andrews, replied, "Of course he is. There's no doubt about that. No doubt at all. And everybody is going to see that sooner or later through all the evidence when it is compiled together."
While out on bond, Stafford will have to wear an ankle monitor, stay inside of his home and forfeit all firearms and police badges.
Greenhouse Jr. bonded out Nov. 24, 2015 after his family secured $1 million worth of a property bond, but Stafford remained behind bars because his family was having a difficult time coming up with the required $1 million bond.
Stafford's trial is still slated to begin on Sept. 26, 2016 in Avoyelles Parish.
Greenhouse Jr.'s trial is expected to begin Nov. 28, 2016.