Feb 21, 2013 8:43 AM by AP

Prosecutors seek judge's recusal in fatal shooting

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A bail reduction hearing scheduled for 18-year-old Seth Fontenot was postponed Wednesday after prosecutors questioned whether the judge is too close to some people involved in Fontenot's capital murder case.

State District Judge Herman Clause disclosed that he has distant connections to two people closely tied to the case where Fontenot is accused of shooting at a fleeing pickup truck Feb. 10, killing a 15-year-old high school freshman and injuring two other teens.

Clause disclosed that he was a family friend of the mother of one of the two injured teens.

Clause reset the bond reduction hearing for Thursday, but it is undetermined whether he will remain the judge.

Fontenot is being held on one count of first-degree murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.


Information from: The Advocate,




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