MARKSVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Judge William Bennett denied a defense motion for a mistrial on Thursday in the case of Marksville marshal Derrick Stafford.
Stafford is one of two deputy marshals 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 motion came after former Marksville Police Chief Ellis Walker testified that Stafford was indicted in 2011 for two counts of aggravated rape in Rapides Parish, resulting in a seven month suspension while the case went to court. The charges were ultimately dismissed.
The defense also called Few's ex-girlfriend, Megan Dixon, to the stand. Dixon testified that she and Few got into an argument the night of November 3, and that she saw the beginning of the attempted traffic stop that ended with the shootings. Dixon said she ended up at a casino and did not hear about the shootings until the next morning.
Among the other defense witnesses were Marksville Police officers who testified that Stafford did not use excessive force in an arrest during a 4th of July parade.
Defense attorneys are expected to call two expert witnesses Friday, March 24 before handing the case to jurors for deliberations.