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Bond Set For Seth Fontenot In Murder Case

Seth Fontenot
Seth Fontenot, Lafayette Police

18-year-old Seth Fontenot’s total bail has been set at at $700,000 for the alleged murder of 15-year-old Austin Rivault and the alleged attempted murders of two of Rivault’s 15-year-old friends. Reportedly, Fontenot will have to post an $84,000 bond to get out of jail.

Court documents obtained by KPEL News were filed on Wednesday by Assistant District Attorney Mark Garber, the prosecutor in the murder case, on behalf of the Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office, taking the death penalty off the table in Fontenot’s case.

On Thursday of last week, Fontenot was indicted by a grand jury on one count of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder after allegedly opening fire on the three teens as they were riding in a truck on Green Meadow Road in Lafayette.

Last week, the Garber asked Judge Herman Clause to recuse himself from the case after the judge revealed that he was a family friend of the mother of one of the two injured teens. According to Lafayette District Attorney Mike Harson, with the case now being a non-capital murder case, Judge Clause is no longer the judge in the case. Judge Kristian Earles will now become the presiding judge.

According to his arrest affidavit, Fontenot was trying to scare the kids. He’s still being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center at this time.

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