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Witnesses testify in Hadnot murder trial

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Armonta DeQuon Hadnot. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department) Armonta DeQuon Hadnot. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
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The trial of Armonta DeQuon Hadnot, the man accused in last year's triple homicide at McMillan Park, continued Tuesday with opening statements and witness testimony.

Hadnot is facing three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities claim the 19-year-old Hadnot robbed and fatally shot Jeminskian J. Arvie, David Jermaine Galmore and Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory on March 20, 2013.

Henry James Chretien, Devone Trimaine Sylvester and Donnie Ray Bellard were at the park the night of the shooting and all three were set to testify Tuesday.

Chretien, 23, said he was shot in the forearm but played dead.

He said two armed men ran up while they were gambling and Hadnot said "everybody lay down and empty your pockets."

Chretien said he did what he was told but was still shot.

Video surveillance from the park was shown in court and Chretien identified Hadnot in the video.

In July 2013, the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office decided not to seek the death penalty for Hadnot.

According to city police, Hadnot was also a suspect in a September 2012 shooting near the intersection of Rena and Harless streets.

KPLC's Haley Rush will have more on later editions.

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