Thu, Mar 7, 2013
Lawyers for accused killer Seth Fontenot want to look at surveillance video from a Lafayette hospital where three injured teens turned up moments after he allegedly shot them according to The Advertiser.
If you remember, a few weeks ago, defense attorney Thomas E. Guilbeau told KLFY that he was contacted by someone who was on duty at Lourdes the night the teens drove up claims the youngsters appeared to be intoxicated and that video tape surveillance cameras inside the hospital might be able to help confirm that.
Guilbeau issued a subpoena on Tuesday to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette for footage from February 10th, recorded from midnight to 5 a.m.
According to the paper, the hospital spokeswoman was served with the subpoena Tuesday, and that its legal team plans to comply with the order.
Guilbeau’s subpoena request does not mention a specific location on the hospital grounds.
Fifteenth District Judge Kristian Earles has yet to rule on a motion by prosecutors to impose a gag order on attorneys and potential witnesses associated with the case.
Fontenot, 18, a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, faces first-degree murder charges in Rivault’s death. He also is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of two other teens as the trio drove down the street in front of his house.
The shooting occurred at about 2 a.m. Feb. 10 in the 100 block of Green Meadow Road.
Rivault, a freshman at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, was shot in the head. The other two teens were wounded but have since been released from the hospital.
According to police reports, one of the teens was able to drive to the hospital after the shooting.
Fontenot has told investigators he believed the youths had been on his property and that he fired warning shot, intending only to scare them. Fontenot has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is free after friends, family and supportors posted $630,000 in cash and property toward the $700,000 bond set for his release.
Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in the case. If convicted, Fontenot would be sentenced to life without parole.