Seth Fontenot, an 18-year-old UL Lafayette student, was indicted by a Lafayette Parish grand jury Thursday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault. Rivault was a freshman at St. Thomas More.
Fontenot also was indicted for attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of two of Rivault’s 15-year-old friends, Cole Kelley of Teurlings Catholic and William Bellamy of STM. One was shot in the ankle and other in the back of the neck; both are recovering from their injuries.
The incident took place about 1:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Green Meadow Road, located in the Bellevue Plantation subdivision south of Acadiana Mall. Fontenot lives at 132 Green Meadow Road, according to the indictment.
All three teens were in a truck driving down Green Meadow Road when they were shot; Rivault, who was shot in the back of the head, was a passenger, but it’s unclear which of the other two teens was driving. Fontenot told police he wanted to scare the teens and did not intend to kill anyone.
After recovering three spent casings in the yard of Fontenot’s residence on Feb. 10, Lafayette Police arrested him at his workplace, Another Broken Egg in River Ranch, just before noon that day. They found a Beretta semiautomatic pistol in his 2007 Chevy truck.
Fontenot admitted the teens were fleeing in their vehicle when he fired three shots.