Posted: Feb 28, 2013 7:18 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 12:49 PM
Bond was set today for Seth Fontenot--the Lafayette man accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Austin Rivault and shooting and injuring two other 15-year-old boys.
Until today bond had not been set for the first degree murder charge....only for the two attempted first degree murder charges. A judge set total bail at $700,000 - $500,000 for 1st degree murder and $100,000 each for the two attempted 1st degree murder charges. The original bond for the attempted murder charges was a million dollars.
In court were friends and families of 15-year-old Austin Rivault and his two friends who were shot and injured. Also, in court was Fontenot's family and friends who wore ribbons and pictures of him to show support.
"That's my buddy, that's my partner, I want to come and show his respect, cause i know he'd do the same for me," Austin Vidrine, Seth Fontenot's friend said.
"I've known him for years and he's a good dude, I know he didn't do this on purpose," Dylan Scott, another friend of Seth Fontenot's said.
His attorney Tommy Guilbeau said Fontenot would have to post an $84,000 bond to get out of jail. He doesn't expect that to happen today.
"My client don't have the money to post that at this time. We're going to regroup and see what we could do. We're going to appeal that to the third circuit, but for now Seth will be in jail," Tommy Guilbeau said.
Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson said he agreed with the amount of the bond.
"I think it was a fair bond, I think it was kind of the area i was looking at in the first place. I think some people will think it's too high, and others too low," Mike Harson said.
Fontenot's arraignment is set for march 4th.