Trial dates moved for Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr.

Derrick W. Stafford and Norris J. Greenhouse Jr. booking photos; Source: Louisiana State Police
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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - The trials dates for Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr. the two deputy city marshals charged with the 2015 murder of Jeremy Mardis, 6, and the attempted murder of his father, Chris Few, have been moved.

Stafford's trial was originally supposed to begin November 28. It has been pushed to March 13, 2017. Greenhouse's trial was supposed to begin March 13 and will now take place June 12, 2017.

The decision was made Monday by Judge William Bennett in Marksville. Stafford was in court to request public funds for an expert in the area of use of force, an expert that the Parish of Avoyelles didn't want to pay for.

Judge Bennett ultimately granted the motion to allow funds for the expert. The Defense said that this witness was key.

"We have always believed that Mr. Stafford acted with reasonable force," said Jonathan Goins, Stafford's attorney. "So that was vital today and it was one of the key elements of this case."

Judge Bennett also granted a reconsideration for the police jury to pay for witnesses. He said it was up to the state, not the parish.

However he didn't say which state entity is responsible for paying.

"Once we figure out who in the state of Louisiana or which agency is responsible, then we'll go forward," said Chris LaCour, Stafford's attorney.

In the meantime, the date change gives the witnesses more time to prepare for trial.

"There's no way that an expert can come in with two to three weeks, look at the evidence, get prepared to testify, and be ready for a trial," said Goins.

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