MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - For the first time Tuesday, Jeremy Mardis' father testified about the night his son died.
Christopher Few was on the stand for an hour and a half. Many of the questions focused on the moments leading up to the shooting.
Few, who was pursued by deputy marshals on a chase around Marskville, said he regrets not pulling over "every day." He explained he wanted to get his son to a "caretaker" who understood Jeremy's autistic needs. He told the court his girlfriend at the time was in a car further up the road.
The defense, however, argued Few was trying to avoid punishment for speeding or a DWI. Few admitted to drinking that evening, and had Xanax in his system as well, officials say. Few also testified the officers gave no verbal cues before firing on his vehicle. He said he put his hands up, and the shots continued.
State troopers responding to the scene also testified Tuesday afternoon, displaying pictures taken at the scene. They included images of Mardis after the shooting, his limp body in the front seat of the vehicle. Members of Mardis' family could be heard quietly sobbing in the back of the courtroom.
Earlier in the day, Lt. Jason Brouillette testified before the jury. He was also a deputy marshal and said he rode along with Stafford the night of the shooting. He said he stood next to Stafford while he shot. While he raised his gun, he said he did not fire. He told the jury that he did not feel he was in "direct threat" at the time.
However, in testimony he gave just days after the shooting, Brouillette said he did not fire because he did not know where other law enforcement officers were and did not want to hit them.
The trial began Monday morning in the case of Deputy Marshal Derrick Stafford, charged with the second degree murder of Jeremy Mardis, 6, and attempted second degree murder of his father, Christopher Few, on November 3, 2015.
The state is expected to finish up testimony on Wednesday, allowing the defense begin to make their case on behalf of Stafford.