Louisiana Officer Convicted Of Manslaughter In 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy's Death

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This comes after Stafford finished testifying on the fifth day of his trial in Marksville on Friday.

Disgraced Marksville deputy Derrick Stafford was slammed with manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges for unleashing a hail of bullets at Christopher Few's auto after a 2-mile chase on the night of November 3, 2015.

A Louisiana police officer has been convicted of killing a 6-year-old autistic boy, after he and his partner pumped rounds of bullets into a vehicle the child was riding in with his father.

Avoyelles Parish investigators initially said the marshals were chasing Few because of an outstanding warrant.

Stafford's sentencing will be determined next week.

What Stafford didn't know when he riddled the auto with 14 bullets was that Few's autistic son, Jeremy Mardis, was inside.

Greenhouse faces the same charges as Stafford.

While prosecutors said the video shows Few, the driver of the SUV, had his hands up when officers fired, Stafford said he never saw Few raise his hands before or during the shooting.

"Do those photos show you what a.40 caliber Glock will do to a 6-year-old boy?"

He said he fired his weapon as he believed Few would reverse his vehicle into Greenhouse Jr.

Testifying in court, Few said he regained consciousness six days after the shooting, on the day of his son's funeral.

But Stafford's defense couldn't prove what the officer had maintained early in the investigation ― that Few attempted to back his vehicle into the officers.

Tears rolled down Stafford's cheeks as a prosecutor showed him pictures of his young victim on Friday.

"The whole reason there was even a chase was for his well-being", he said.

"I felt I had no choice but to save Norris". Stafford said Greenhouse stumbled and fell to the ground as he tried to back away from Few's auto. At least four of those bullets struck Mardis who died within minutes.

"Most definitely", Few responded.

"As we have said all along, our goal in this case was to get justice for Jeremy Mardis, his family, and the people of Louisiana", Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement.

"Their affidavits state when everyone reached the dead end of Martin Luther King Drive, Greenhouse and Stafford got out of their cars and ".discharged their duty weapons towards the 2000 Kia Sport vehicle. The Marksville Police Department suspended Stafford after his indictment on rape charges in 2011, but reinstated him after prosecutors dismissed the charges.

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