Judge Releases Body Cam Footage Of Louisiana Cops Fatal Shooting Of 6-Year Old Jeremy Mardis – 844-292-1318 Louisiana legal aid

Body camera footage has been released from the night of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Marksville that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old boy and left his father critically wounded.

The highly controversial case has remained sealed, but during a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Judge William Bennett ruled that the footage can be released to the public.

The judge also ruled that the two officers involved and charged in the case, Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford, will have separate trials after denying a motion filed by the defense.

The shooting happened Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 around 9:30 p.m. During the hearing prosecutors argued that as the shooting began, Chris Few, the father of the slain child Jeremy Mardis, can be seen with his hands raised.

Parish investigators initially said marshals were chasing Few because of an outstanding warrant. However, WAFB checked with the Clerk of Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Marksville Police Department and City Court and did not find any outstanding warrants. Col. Mike Edmonson said so far, their investigation shows the same.

The shooting was captured by Marksville Police officer Sgt. Kenneth Parnell who said he responded to the pursuit after hearing the call on the radio.

The first few minutes of video released has no audio, so it’s not clear when the first shots are fired. The video does show Few with his hands up and out of the vehicle. When sound does kick in, it is deafening gunfire and sirens.

As the video continues, Parnell can be heard calling in the shooting to dispatch, but it takes about two minutes for anyone to approach the SUV. Another officer can be heard telling Few to show his hands several times.

When officers do approach, it appears they discovery Few’s 6-year-old son Jeremy.

Parnell then walks back to Greenhouse and Stafford; both men’s names are visible on their shirts. It sounds like the Parnell tells them about Jeremy, and Greenhouse appears to respond, “Don’t tell me that, bro.”

It’s also at that point that other officers begin to arrive on scene, and someone asks if Few is armed. Investigators would later confirm that Few was not armed, despite conflicting early reports.

It also takes some time for officers to render aid, asking several times for gloves as Few fell from the car. Seven minutes into the video, the officer goes over to Jeremy’s lifeless body to check for a pulse.

At some point, the video again shows Stafford who asked if Few was hit. Few was injured but survived.

“Man, I didn’t see a kid in the car,” Greenhouse can be heard saying.

During the pretrial hearing, other evidence provided was a testimony by Trooper Rodney Owens, the lead detective on the investigation. He said that out of 18 shells found, 14 came from Stafford’s gun. The other four came from Greenhouse’s gun.

Jeremy Mardis was struck five times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trial for Stafford is set for a November 28 and Greenhouse’s trial is scheduled for March 13.
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Access to Affordable Housing for People with Criminal Records

People with criminal records often face obstacles to obtaining affordable housing. They can be denied housing based on arrests without subsequent convictions, old and outdated convictions, or criminal records that have nothing to do with a person’s ability to be a good tenant. In this webinar moderated by the Shriver Center’s Marie Claire Tran-Leung, the presenters shared their experiences using litigation and advocacy to eliminate such barriers to federally subsidized housing and to housing in the private rental market. The presenters were John Relman of Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, Fred Fuchs of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and Laura Tuggle of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.
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Advocate Interview: Ranie Thompson – 844-292-1318 Louisiana legal aid

Advocate Interview: Ranie Thompson

Ranie Thompson spoke to Clearinghouse Review in New Orleans about her experiences as a community lawyer. She was training other attorneys in New Orleans at the Shriver Center’s Community Lawyering Training Program in June 2013.

Thompson is the Managing Attorney of the Foreclosure Defense Unit at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans, Louisiana. She supervises a staff of attorneys and housing counselors who represent homeowners in twenty-two parishes who face losing their homes to foreclosure. She has trained attorneys, law students, and advocates for social justice, on disaster recovery, foreclosure defense litigation, mortgage and foreclosure rescue fraud and scams, diversity and inclusion in the profession, and general financial awareness.

She joined Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Katrina Legal Fellow. She founded the New Orleans Medical-Legal Partnership with Algiers Community Health Clinic and Tulane University Covenant House Community Clinic. Prior to joining Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Ms. Thompson was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Mississippi where her work included prisoners’ rights and racial discrimination in workplaces. She is a 1993 graduate of Jackson State University and a 1996 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.
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The Legal Roundtable: Baton Rouge B.R.A.V.E. Project – 844-292-1318 Louisiana legal aid

Check out “The Legal Roundtable” legal television show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with your host, Shenequa L. Grey
Topics: Free Legal Services for Low Income People and the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (B.R.A.V.E.) Project
(Legal services offered through the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and local bar association pro bono programs).

Executive Producers:
Brian Hertzock
www.hertzock.com
800-979-1173
&
Shenequa L. Grey, Esq
thelegalroundtable@gmail.com
www.thelegalroundtableshow.com
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Answering Viewer Questions About Legal Assistance & Aid – 844-292-1318 Louisiana legal aid

Mark Moreau, director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, joins John Redmann on the Louisiana law talk show “John Redmann: Power of Attorney” to answer some viewer questions about his organization and the legal assistance it provides to people who can’t afford legal counsel. Get more helpful law info and watch past episodes of the show at JohnRedmannPOA.com.
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