PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is now calling the fire that burned down a Pineville home belonging to Kayla Giles and the late Thomas Coutee, Jr. on Friday an “intentionally set fire.”
Giles is charged with shooting and killing her estranged husband, Coutee, Jr., in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot in September 2018. We have not been able to confirm if Giles is currently living at the house which is located on the 200 block of Creduer Rd., but the Fire Marshal's Office tells us that it appears someone was residing in the house, but not home at the time. There is no word yet on what exactly caused the fire.
The Fire Marshal's Office said the call came into the Holiday Village Fire Department around 12:20 a.m. on Friday. We do not know who called in the fire. A spokesperson for the Fire Marshal's Office said the Holiday Village Fire Department requested assistance from them in the investigation.
Giles, who is currently awaiting trial for a second degree murder and obstruction of justice charge, remains out on $510,000 bond, which she posted in December. As part of her bond conditions, Giles must stay within Rapides Parish, she is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, she is prohibited from contact with Coutee, Jr.'s family, she must forfeit a passport, and she must comply with a gag order. Giles is also currently wearing an ankle monitor.
This story will be updated when we learn more.
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