A state judge on Monday granted a continuance in the trial of a 17-year-old Lafayette boy accused of shooting and paralyzing another teen because the victim has recanted his statement to police.
Austin Hack, of the 200 block of Ginger Street in Lafayette, now faces trial on Oct. 19 after Judge Edward Rubin granted prosecutors’ request for a new date.
The victim — who at 15 years old was paralyzed from the waist down in the shooting — reversed a statement he made to police that said Hack fired two bullets in his back as he walked through a wooded area behind the Ramada hotel on Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Hack’s criminal defense attorney, Thomas Alonzo, told the judge on Monday.
The victim originally told police he saw Hack running from the scene after he was shot while walking home through the wooded area around 7 p.m.
Hack has been held in the Lafayette Parish jail since a day after the Nov. 18, 2014, shooting on a count of attempted second-degree murder.
Rubin on Monday also denied Alonzo’s request to reduce Hack’s bond from $50,000 to $5,000. Hack has no prior criminal history in Lafayette Parish.