Kayla Giles back in court on hearing in an attempt to reduce bond

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ALEXANDRIA, La (KALB) - Kayla Giles, the Alexandria woman now charged with second-degree murder for the 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., in the Walmart parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard, was back in court on Monday in Rapides Parish for a hearing in an attempt to reduce her bond.

Source: RPSO

Several pieces of evidence were submitted jointly by Giles’ attorney, George Higgins, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, represented by Brooke Harris, Taylor Gray and Pat Magee.

Some of the evidence that was introduced included transcripts from her children’s interviews with the Children’s Advocacy Center and a video. The nature of the video was not disclosed in open court. All evidence was placed under seal.

Higgins called three witnesses to the stand –Giles, her aunt, Evelyn Jones, and Alexandria Police Department Det. William Butler.

Giles told the court that she cannot afford to pay her bond, which is currently set at $1 million.

“$150,000 would be achievable," Giles said.

She gave her background in military and previous job experience. She also claimed her current home, which she owned with Coutee, was built in 2018 and has no equity.

Jones told the court that she would sell her own home and property to pay Giles’ bond, but her estate is only valued at $100,000. She also stated that no one else in her family has volunteered to pay anything toward her niece’s bond.

Butler, who has testified in previous hearings, gave his account to of what happened on the day of the shooting and what Giles told him in her initial interview.

Judge Gregg Beard agreed to let the AG’s Office and the defense develop final arguments to be submitted to the court by Friday, Nov. 22 before deciding about the reduction of bond.

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