Gag order issued in case against officers accused of killing child
MARKSVILLE - District Court Judge William Bennett issued a "gag order" for the case involving two part time marshals accused of shooting and killing a 6-year-old last week.
The order – jargon for the official act of barring suspects, attorneys, witnesses, victims and any attorneys for people involved in the case from speaking publicly or privately about what has happened – means virtually no one can speak about the case until further notice. The order covers the case building against both Norris Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford.
Greenhouse and Stafford were working part time for the Ward 2 Marshal's office when the shooting happened last Tuesday in Avoyelles Parish. Friday night, State Police arrested the pair on murder and attempted murder charges since the child's father was also shot and survived.
"This court is concerned that any further interviews with the press and/or media by any parties to this proceeding may unfairly prejudice the defendants rights to fair trial as guaranteed by the United States Constitution," the judge wrote in the order issued Monday afternoon.
Jeremy Mardis, the child, was buried Monday. Not too long before services took place, Greenhouse and Stafford appeared before a judge and their bonds were set $1 million.
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