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Four indicted in connection with January homicide

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Posted at 12:56 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 13:56:38-04

One Scott woman and three teenagers have been indicted in connection with the January shooting death of John Lee Hickenbottom.

A Lafayette Parish grand jury handed up the indictments today, court records show.

Hickenbottom, 41, was shot in the 100 block of Edwis Street in Lafayette.

Indicted Wednesday were:

Drake Duhon, 17, of St. Martinville, indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.
Logan LaCroix, 19, of Opelousas, indicted on a charge of principal to second-degree murder.
Heidi Bergeron, 38, of Scott, indicted on a charge of principal to second-degree murder.
Tyler Pellerin, 18, of Scott, indicted on a charge of principal to second-degree murder.

Duhon is in custody in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, in lieu of $255,000 bond.
Pellerin is in custody in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, in lieu of $125,000 bond.
LaCroix is not in LPCC.
Bergeron is not in LPCC.

Under Louisiana law, conviction on a "principal" charge means someone helped someone else committ the crime. It's what might be described as an "accomplice" charge. If convicted of principal to second-degree murder, a person could receive the same sentence as someone convicted of murder: life in prison with no probation, parole or suspension of sentence.