Man accused of murdering wife, her friend in 1989 seeks bond reduction

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - An Alexandria man accused of murdering his wife and her friend back in 1989 in a cold case investigators said they have finally solved, has made the first steps to retain an attorney and a motion has been filed to reduce his bond.

Bobby Blair (RPSO) with victims: Marian Elizabeth Coutee (left) and Isabelle Mansell Blair (right)

Robert "Bobby" Brunson Blair, 71, is facing two charges of first-degree murder. The case has not gone to a grand jury yet, so Blair has not officially been charged.

Rapides Parish Clerk of Court records show that Blair has made the first steps to retain Chad Guillot as his attorney. On Monday, Guillot filed several standard motions including one to formally enroll as counsel, one for a preliminary exam, one to reduce his $2,000,000 bond, one for discovery, and one for a notice to find out if the district attorney's office plans to introduce evidence of other crimes.

According to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, in July 1989, Isabelle Blair, 34, split with her husband, Robert "Bobby" Brunson Blair. She got into a Nissan truck with her friend, Marian Coutee, 31. The two were never seen again.

In October, the Nissan truck was found deep within a pond on a piece of property once owned by the Blair family, and about a week later, suspected human remains were found nearby. Those remains are still pending official identification from the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge.

Since the case has not gone to grand jury yet, it has not been assigned to a judge.

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