- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette Parish grand jury will decide next week whether to charge the man who in November shot to death a kidnapper who abducted his cousin.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1eCOvJj ) Marcus Arceneaux, 23, could be charged for killing Scott Thomas on Nov. 8, but it’s unlikely.

Assistant District Attorney Pat Magee said Wednesday he concur with the sheriff’s office’s assessment that the matter was a justifiable homicide.

The grand jury is scheduled to convene April 23.

Thomas, of Leonville in St. Landry Parish, was Bethany Arceneaux’s former boyfriend and the father of her child.

The couple was estranged when Thomas abducted Arceneaux Nov. 6 as she arrived at a Avenue daycare center to pick up their son. Leaving the boy at the day care, Thomas sped off with the captive Arceneaux in an old, white Buick LeSabre at 5:20 p.m.

Police that night found the car abandoned west of Scott between U.S. 90 and Interstate 10.

Thomas was holding Arceneaux in an abandoned home with overgrown vegetation not far from the abandoned Buick.

Two days later, the Arceneaux family and friends riding all-terrain vehicles and on foot searched the Anderson Road area along with Lafayette police officers.

Hearing a scream as they searched, several searchers, including Marcus Arceneaux, converged on the abandoned home about noon Nov. 8. Marcus Arceneaux entered the home to find his cousin and Thomas.

Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said that after he was discovered, Thomas started stabbing his former girlfriend.

“(Marcus Arceneaux) shot his handgun several times, apparently striking Thomas multiple times, which allowed Bethany to break free and flee out the back door of the structure,” Judice said.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com