MARKSVILLE — Two different portraits were painted of Christopher Few during the opening statements of Derrick Stafford’s trial Monday morning, that of a hardworking dad who took care of his autistic 6-year-old son and that of a man who is the sole person responsible for the boy’s death.
Testimony was heard for the first time Monday in Stafford’s trial on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges. He is one of two former Marksville Ward 2 deputy marshals facing those charges after a Nov. 3, 2015, chase ended with 18 shots being fired at Few’s car. Few was seriously wounded, and Jeremy Mardis died at the scene.
Norris Greenhouse Jr. faces trial on June 12.
The start of testimony brought more media and family members to the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse. Both of Jeremy Mardis’ grandmothers sat on the row behind the prosecution, along with Few’s sister, Candace Few. Stafford’s wife, aunt and uncle were present, as they have been through most of jury selection. On Monday, his mother attended.
Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Matthew Derbes said Few had his hands raised up, a universal sign of surrender, before he and Jeremy “encountered a hail of gunfire from that man,” pointing to Stafford.
He called Few a hardworking man who tried to make a relationship work with his son’s mother even though they’d only been together a few weeks when she discovered she was…
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