Kayla Giles out of jail after posting $510,000 bond

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, posted a bond of $510,000 Thursday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. She used Scott Free Bail Bonds.


On Tuesday, Judge Greg Beard granted an October motion to reduce the bond filed by her attorney, George Higgins.

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.

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.

In his ruling, Beard wrote, "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 continued, "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.

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