Aundra Fontenot pleads not guilty to manslaughter

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The Bismarck man charged with manslaughter in a South Bismarck apartment complex last month appeared in court today. 35-year-old Aundra Fontenot pled not guilty.

A Bismarck Police detective on the case took the stand during the preliminary hearing this afternoon.  Fontenot is accused of killing Derek Lefthand after a dispute over the fact that Fontenot owed Lefthand money. A verbal argument ensued when Lefthand brought two others with him to Fontenot’s residence on West Expressway. Fontenot then retrieved a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol after he thought another person also had a gun.

“He described it as he was trying to get Lefthand and the other two individuals to leave at that time. He said when he re-opened the door, Lefthand came into the apartment, and at that time, he shot him,” said detective Lane Masters.
“Who shot who?” asked assistant state’s attorney Marine Spahr.
Masters replied with, “Aundra shot Derek Lefthand.”

Manslaughter is a class B felony which has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison with a $10,000 dollar fine.A 3-day jury trial is scheduled for early November.

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