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New defense attorney seeks video in Bourbon St. shooting

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The man police say opened fire on Bourbon St. last month, injuring nine people and fatally wounding another, stood before a magistrate judge Wednesday. His new attorney, Martin Regan insisted his client "wasn't the shooter."

In court, Regan implied surveillance video may exonerate Trung Le. He then made a request for broad subpoena authority to secure surveillance video related to the June 29 shooting.

"He's trying to obtain surveillance video from the Bourbon Street merchants," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "He's afraid sometimes these things get copied over, and I think he's trying to get those secured because for some reason he believes they will help him." 

Prosecutors strongly objected, saying Regan is going on a "fishing expedition" trying to gather information that he doesn't want the state to see.

Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell sided with the prosecutors' argument that such an order would be premature because Le hasn't been indicted for the crime.

"The defendant has a right to discovery, but that doesn't kick-in until after he's indicted," Raspanti said. "I think the prosecutors' side of this is you'll be able to get this stuff, but you don't have a right to it now. You've got to follow the rules because the rules don't let you have it right now."

Regan has vowed to appeal the court's ruling.

In court, Regan attempted to have Le's preliminary hearing immediately instead of the scheduled date of Aug. 26, but was once again shot down by the judge.

In the meantime, Le remains locked up without bond on one count of first-degree murder. His bond was set at $4.5 million on nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Police are still searching for a second suspect in this case.

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