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Derrick Stafford, Brittany Stafford
Derrick Stafford, left, one of two deputies charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Mardis, a 6-year-old autistic boy, arrives at the Avoyelles Parish courthouse for jury selection for his trial, in Marksville, La., Monday, March 13, 2017. Behind is his wife Brittany Stafford. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Posted: Monday, 20 March 2017 2:15PM

Jurors hear 1st witness officer's murder trial



Prosecutors are trying to persuade jurors that a Louisiana law enforcement officer had a history of violent, abusive conduct while on duty before he was charged with murder over a young boy's shooting.
 
The first witness to testify Monday at the start of Derrick Stafford's murder trial was Aleathia Barbin, a woman who said the officer shocked her with a stun gun while she was handcuffed in the back of a patrol vehicle in January 2011. 
 
Barbin testified that Stafford didn't say anything before he shocked her in the abdomen. But she said he later talked to her ``like we were best friends'' as he drove her to a hospital.  
 
Stafford, a Marksville police officer, was moonlighting as a deputy city marshal on the night of Nov. 3, 2015, when he and another deputy opened fire on a car, killing 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father. A prosecutor told jurors during the trial's opening statements that the deputies weren't in any danger. 

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