Mar 4, 2013 7:23 PM by Chris Welty

Seth Fontenot Bonds Out and Family Speaks Out

This morning 18-year-old Seth Fontenot pled not guilty to one charge of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder.

He's accused of shooting at a truck with three teens inside, killing one. Fontenot did not appear in court today, his attorney Tommy Guilbeau entered the plea on his behalf.

Seven hundred thousand dollars was put up for Fontenot to bond out of jail. His friends, family, and even complete strangers put up property so he could bond out. In all they put up around six hundred sixty thousand dollars and a commercial bond was put up for about forty thousand dollars.

Seth Fontenot and his family had no comment as he left the Lafayette Parish Jail. His mom and dad whisking him to the car. His mother in tears, this time tears of joy to have her son home. Dozens of Fontenot's supporters were in court for his hearing wearing special pins and shoes.

"We're walking this out with him. The converse is his favorite shoe and his favorite color is red," said his godmother, Tiffany Gautreaux.

In all Fontenot spent 22 days in jail. His attorney Tommy Guilbeau says it was 22 days too many, but bonding out is a good day for Fontenot and his family.

"He was well treated at the jail and the other prisoners were sympathetic toward him and helpful," said Guilbeau.

He goes on saying Fontenot maintains his clients innocence and says Fontenot was shooting because someone was breaking into his truck and there was no intent to kill or harm anyone. Guilbeau says one of the biggest questions is what were the three teenagers doing that night.

"They broke in and entered a home stealing beer that night, that they were intoxicated that night and taken someone's car unlawfully."

Guilbeau says Fontenot has accepted responsibility for his actions and justice will prevail in the end.

"Our prayers are for all the families. There has been a loss on all sides and that the truth comes out," said Fontenot's godmother, Gautreaux.

Police have not confirmed Guilbeau's claims against the three teenagers. We have reached out to families of the victims who have not responded. Tommy Guilbeau tells KATC he plans to file more than two dozens motions within the next 30 days. He will not talk specifics about his plan of action.

Chris Welty


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