Feb 15, 2013 2:33 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Attorney asking for bail reduction in teen shooting

The attorney for 18-year-old Seth Fontenot is asking that bail be reduced for his client, who's facing a first degree murder charge and two counts of attempted first degree murder. Fontenot is accused of shooting to death 15-year-old Austin Rivault and wounding two other 15-year-old boys when he allegedly fired a handgun at a truck one of the boys was driving. Attorney Tommy Guilbeau said in his court filing, "The proof is not evident and the presumption is not great that the defendant is guilty of first degree murder or attempted first degree murder."

Bail is set at $500,000 for each attempted first degree murder charge for a total of $1 million and bail has not been set for the first degree murder charge. Court documents show that Guilbeau is basing his bail reduction request on several factors, including Fontenot having no prior record, he would not be a danger to anyone, and no controlled dangerous substances were present in Fontenot's blood when he was arrested Sunday morning.

Guilbeau is asking bail be reduced to $25,000 - $12,500 for each attempted first degree murder charge. Guilbeau said in his filing that Fontenot is an 18-year-old college student "who shows that he is financially unable to raise the funds necessary to make the bail presently fixed at the combined aggregate amount of one million dollars."

The day after Fontenot was arrested, Guilbeau told KATC Fontenot has "deep, deep, deep feelings of sadness and remorse." Guilbeau said Fontenot should not be charged with frist degree murder or attempted first degree murder, rather with negligent homicide or at worst manslaughter.

The bond reduction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.



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