Millennium Park arson trial: Jurors watch Arceneaux’s second int - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Millennium Park arson trial: Jurors watch Arceneaux’s second interview

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Jurors watched a second video interview of Seth Arceneaux that was recorded ten days after police had received information from witnesses in the case.

Arceneaux underwent exhaustive questioning by detectives and never confessed to starting the fire and had no answers that made sense to explain why various witnesses told police he had bragged about being involved.

Arceneaux is on trial for simple arson in connection with the fire that destroyed Millennium Park in January 2011.

In the first video interview, Arceneaux denied having anything to do with the fire at Millennium Park. He said he joked about having set the fire and denied texting anyone to brag that he was involved.

Former Lake Charles fire prevention Chief T.A. Jones said investigators determined the Millennium Park fire was arson because there was no other ignition source at the park such as electrical wiring or a lightning strike.

Jones also said the fire was started near the southwest corner at Clarence and Lakeshore Drive and that the wind caused the fire to spread, though he said it was a slow burning fire that started between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Arceneaux could face imprisonment at hard labor for no less than 2 years and no more than 15 years and a fine of up to $15,000 if convicted.

Theresa Schmidt is in court and will have the latest on the trial as it becomes available.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Mayor pushing for more mentoring programs in Lake Charles

    Mayor pushing for more mentoring programs in Lake Charles

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:47 PM EST2018-01-21 01:47:48 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    The topic of mentoring was on the mind of Lake Charles mayor Nic Hunter Saturday morning.  Hunter met with local organization leaders to talk about expanding mentoring programs in the Lake Area.  "The city is ready to invest in our youth, and we believe that the community is ready to partner with us," said Hunter.    That's what Mayor Hunter and his administration spent Saturday morning discussing.   Kimberly Dellafosse/Asst. City Administrato...More >>
    The topic of mentoring was on the mind of Lake Charles mayor Nic Hunter Saturday morning.  Hunter met with local organization leaders to talk about expanding mentoring programs in the Lake Area.  "The city is ready to invest in our youth, and we believe that the community is ready to partner with us," said Hunter.    That's what Mayor Hunter and his administration spent Saturday morning discussing.   Kimberly Dellafosse/Asst. City Administrato...More >>
  • LCFD responds to Cherry Street house fire

    LCFD responds to Cherry Street house fire

    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:59 PM EST2018-01-20 23:59:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    The Lake Charles Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cherry Street.  District Chief Charles Lee said LCFD received a call about the fire at 4:38 p.m. Lee says the house was vacant when they arrived.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

    More >>

    The Lake Charles Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cherry Street.  District Chief Charles Lee said LCFD received a call about the fire at 4:38 p.m. Lee says the house was vacant when they arrived.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

    More >>
  • Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-01-20 03:46:22 GMT
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
Powered by Frankly