Trial of Seth Fontenot for murder and attempted murder delayed until March



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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The trial of Seth Fontenot, the 20-year-old man accused of killing one of three teens he suspected were breaking into his truck in February 2013, has been delayed again.

Court records show the trial, which was scheduled to begin Dec. 1, has been pushed back to March 16.

Fontenot, of Lafayette, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Fontenot is accused of firing a 9 mm pistol at a pickup truck in front of his house, striking all three people inside.

Fifteen-year-old Austin Rivault died. The other two victims were wounded but survived.

Fontenot allegedly told police his neighborhood had been the target of multiple vehicle break-ins and he suspected the occupants of the truck had tried to break into his truck that night. He claimed he was shooting at the tailgate area of the truck, not at the occupants.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/148VSnI ) Fontenot was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 21, 2013. His trial has been delayed at least three times.

The reason for the most recent delay is unknown except to those closely tied to the case. District Court Judge Edward Rubin held a closed-door meeting with attorneys last week. It apparently was during that meeting that the trial was delayed.

Rubin previously issued a gag order prohibiting those involved in the case from talking with the news media. He also sealed court documents related to the case.


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