Murder Trial Begins For Officer Accused of Killing Autistic Child

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Jury selection began this week for Derrick Stafford, one of the two black police deputies charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Graphic body camera footage from the November 2015 incident captures the end of a high-speed pursuit in which Stafford and fellow Deputy Marshal Norris Greenhouse chase down Mardis' father, Christopher Few, for more than two miles. They proceed to fire several rounds at the car, wounding Few and killing Jeremy. Prosecutors argue that Few didn't pose a threat to the officers, but defense attorneys say that the deputies acted in self-defense. 

Bryn Stole, a criminal justice reporter for The Advocate, talks about the jury selection process, the tension in Marksville between the community and law enforcement, and how race plays a crucial role in this case.