RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - A Rapides Parish judge has decided to reduce the bond for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, from $1,100,000 to $510,000.
Giles is facing charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the Sept. 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.
Bond for the two charges was initially set at $1,000,000 for murder and $100,000 for the obstruction charge. Bond for the obstruction charge has now been reduced to $10,000.
On Tuesday, Judge Greg Beard granted an October motion to reduce the bond filed by her attorney, George Higgins.
In his ruling, Beard writes, "The purpose of bail is to assure the accused's appearance in court. Bail is neither a fine, punishment nor penalty - it is simply an amount a person must post to be released from custody until their trial."
He continues, "The fact that the defendant killed the victim is not in dispute. The weapon used was recovered. Defendant has asserted that she acted in self-defense; however, this defense is a determination for the trier of fact at a trial on the merits, not in setting of bond." Beard also noted that Giles has no prior convictions in Rapides Parish.
Giles' family has indicated that they will post a property bond. Her aunt testified that they could afford $100,000 and Giles has testified that she could post a bond of $150,000.
If Giles posts bond, Beard has set forth several conditions, including that she must stay in Rapides Parish, that she is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, that she is prohibited from contact with Coutee, Jr.'s family, that she must forfeit a passport, and that she must comply with a gag order.
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