Court denies writ by Fontenot’s attorney

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There has been a major development in the state's first degree murder case against Seth Fontenot.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has denied a writ by Fontenot's attorney to suppress the statement his client gave police the day after the February 10th shooting that resulted in the death of 15 year old Austin Rivault and the wounding of two other teens.

Tommy Guilbeau argued the Louisiana Constitution requires police to not only advise a suspect of their rights but to also tell them what crime they are suspected of committing before questioning them.

Guilbeau admits his client was mirandized, but says Fontenot wasn't told until later he was being questioned about a shooting that resulted in someone being killed.

Fontenot admitted to police he fired on Rivault and two other teens as they sped off because they had been breaking into his truck. But he says he had no idea anyone had been hit.

 

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