Jury Trial Set for Bismarck Man Accused of Manslaughter

A Bismarck man accused of manslaughter was back in court today. 

36-year-old Aundra Fontenot was set to change his not guilty plea stemming from a June manslaughter charge. But the 8:45 a.m. hearing resulted in no change of plea. 

Fontenot is accused of shooting and killing Derek Lefthand after a dispute over the fact that Fontenot owed Lefthand money. 

Fontenot was initially charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. After an investigation and interviews with witnesses, police also charged Fontenot with manslaughter, a Class B Felony. 

The affidavit states that Lefthand came to Fontenot’s residence at the 100 block of West Bismarck Expressway to discuss money owed. 

When the two began arguing, Fontenot went back into his apartment, shutting and locking the door. 
Fontenot then grabbed a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol before unlocking the door again.

Lefthand attempted to barge in and Fontenot shot him once in the chest, fatally wounding him. 

Aundra Fontenot will face a jury trial, beginning January 2nd. 

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