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Nov 11, 2013 3:20 PM by Dwayne Fatherree

Defense attorney seeking continuance in Fontenot murder trial

Defense attorney Tommy Guilbeau confirmed that he did file a motion for a continuance of Tuesday's scheduled first-degree murder trial for Seth Fontenot, but could not comment further on whether or not it would be granted.

Fontenot is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault. He's also accused of the attempted first-degree murder of two other teenagers who were injured while riding in the truck at the time the shots were fired.

Currently, there are both a felony trial and a motions hearing scheduled for Tuesday involving the Fontenot case. Last week, Guilbeau filed a motion to compel prosecutors to disclose any plea deals or immunity offered to witnesses in the case.

The prosecution then filed two new charges against Fontenot for allegedly selling tablets of the prescription drug Adderall to friends at UL to help them study for tests. The new charges are for two counts of "distribution of schedule II narcotics" on 10/18/12 and 12/6/12, with an arraignment set for Dec. 17.

With the multiple motions and decisions still pending before 15th Judicial District Court Judge Kristian Earles, granting a continuance would seem like the best course of action, but court offices are closed for the Veterans' Day holiday.

If the continuance is not granted, the Fontenot case is slated to be heard 13th on the docket, meaning it will not see an early start.

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