MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - In Marksville, the prosecution and defense made it to the third batch of jury selection Tuesday, March 14. So far, they have been able to seat seven potential jurors from the first two batches of 14 people per batch.
This is the second day of jury selection in the case of Derrick Stafford. Stafford is a former Ward 2 Deputy Marshal who was moonlighting on November 3, 2015 when he responded to a call. Stafford, along with Norris Greenhouse Jr., is accused of shooting and killing Jeremy Mardis, 6, and severely injuring his father, Christopher Few.
It's been a slow process questioning the potential jurors. Monday, they only got through the first batch of 14 people, but were able to select six possible jurors from that pool. Also on Monday, they questioned the 14 people as one group and then each one individually. Tuesday, in order to try to speed up the process, they questioned each person individually first and then as a group.
By questioning them individually, the defense and prosecution were able to pick out early on which jurors they would be dismissing. Five people from the second batch were dismissed. They started questioning the third batch around 4 p.m.
Jury selection will resume Wednesday with the third batch. The 300 people who received subpoenas on Tuesday will also be present Wednesday.