Graphic video footage from the fatal November police shooting of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis was shown in a Louisiana court on Wednesday, during the evidentiary hearing in the murder trials of two deputy marshals accused in the boy’s death.
The police body camera video, available to the public for the first time, was introduced in court by prosecutors to show that one of the accused deputies, Derrick Stafford, has a pattern of using excessive force, CBS News reports.
One state police official previously called the body camera footage “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen, and I will leave it at that.”
Stafford and and Norris Greenhouse Jr. allegedly opened fire on a car driven by Mardis’ father, Christopher Few, during a Nov. 3, 2015, incident in Marksville, Louisiana, that began when Few allegedly fled the marshals who were trying to serve him a warrant, authorities have said.
WFAB later reported that the Clerk of Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Marksville Police Department and City Court didn’t find any outstanding warrants for Few.
Prosecutors instead alleged this week that Stafford had a motive based on a history of excessive violence during his police duties, according to the Associated Press.
The marshals allegedly fired at least 18 rounds between them, four allegedly from Greenhouse and 14 from Stafford, killing Mardis and seriously injuring Few, who spent a week in the hospital.
A Louisiana grand jury indicted both men on second-degree murder charges in December, and they have also been charged with attempted second-degree murder in Few’s shooting.
Mardis had autism and “loved everything, everybody,” relatives have said.
The body camera video was newly released during their murder trials at a pre-trial hearing, according to The Advertiser. Second-degree murder is punishable in Louisiana by a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Both Stafford and Greenhouse have pleaded not guilty to their charges, according to the AP.
WARNING: This video is graphic