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Nov 5, 2013 7:30 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

Fontenot attorney says prosecutors must reveal plea deals

Defense attorney Thomas Guilbeau has filed a motion asking a judge to either make prosecutors in the Seth Fontenot murder case disclose any plea deals made with their witnesses or ban the testimony from trial.

In documents filed Monday, Guilbeau says that testimony given in deposition so far show that the driver and passengers in the vehicle which Fontenot fired at three times -- hitting two boys and killing 15-year-old Austin Rivault -- proves that criminal charges are warranted, but obviously have not been placed against the two remaining boys.

The filing acknowledges that an ongoing investigation exists into charges against the two boys who were wounded, but also questions whether or not the testimony provided does not indicate additional charges are necessary.

Guilbeau writes that if the prosecutors use Fontenot's words to prove his intent, then they also have to believe his other statements, including those which contradict the statements of the two boys.

According to Guilbeau, this would open the boys up to charges of tampering with evidence by giving false testimony.

Fontenot is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 12.

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