Abbeville man arrested in July shooting in Duson


U.S. marshals arrested an Abbeville man Monday who is accused of shooting a man in Duson twice with a high-powered rifle in July.

Mortimer Cottrell Jr., 23, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of attempted second-degree murder in a July 23 incident that sent the victim to a hospital with bullet wounds to his hip and leg, Lafayette Parish sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said.

Judice said Cottrell was arrested at 9:30 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Southland Street in Abbeville.

Cottrell is one of three suspects in the wounding of the 34-year-old victim, whose identity was not disclosed by authorities.

The victim, who has since been released from the hospital, told police in July that he was standing outside his Third Street home in Duson when he saw a vehicle drive up with several men inside.

He reported one of the men got out of the back seat and started shooting, Judice said in a news release.

On July 30, detectives arrested two other men, both from Duson, who allegedly were inside the car: Tray Prejean, 20, and Reginald Martin, 21.

Both men were released from jail after each posted bail of $125,000.

Cottrell remained locked up Wednesday in Lafayette, with his bond set at $125,000.