Kayla Jean Giles, 31, of Alexandria, Louisiana, (pictured) has been charged with the second-degree murder of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee Jr., 30
A wife was charged with murder after allegedly shooting her husband in the parking lot of a Walmart on Saturday while his three children watched.
Kayla Jean Giles, 31, of Alexandria in Louisiana, met with Thomas Coutee Jr. outside the local store for an exchange of child custody. When the youngsters sat in her car, she shot Coutee once in the chest at 11:15 a.m.
The 30-year-old died on the scene after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Giles has been charged with second-degree murder and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center with $ 500,000 bail.
On August 28, Coutee's attorney filed a motion for a new trial to decide who has custody of the daughter he shares with Giles, according to legal documents seen by The Town Talk. Coutee died on her daughter's second birthday, which she also shares.
He claimed that an August 20 ruling granting joint custody of the girl should be nullified because Giles had a "history of domestic abuse". to him. However, her initial divorce petition did not mention any alleged abuse and sought joint custody.
However, Coutee filed a report with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on May 28, alleging that six days earlier Giles slapped him while they exchanged custody of the children.
Coutee (pictured with Giles in an undated photo) died on the scene after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful
On August 28, Coutee's attorney filed a motion for a new trial to decide who has custody of the daughter he shares with Giles. The victim is seen in a photo of social networks
Coutee was left with "redness on the left side of his jaw line," according to a police report. He also showed the agents a text that Giles reportedly sent to a mutual friend in which he said he had "stolen Thomas' face," but he also felt good. "
It is unclear who fathered the other two sons of Giles. The three escaped were unharmed in the shooting and are not in the custody of the family members.
Witnesses said that a member of the public performed CPR on Coutee until the firefighters and the Louisiana State Police arrived. They kept trying to revive him for 20 minutes, but they could not do it.
The shooting took place in the "outside area" of the parking lot with few more cars, police said.
Witnesses said that a member of the public performed CPR on Coutee until the firefighters and the Louisiana State Police arrived
Giles, who lived in a gated community of semi-detached houses near the store where the shooting occurred, married Coutee in Waco, Texas, on October 24, 2014. They moved to Rapides in August of last year and parted ways with them. February 2018
A marriage agreement filed in May revealed that they had a house in Pineville, five acres of land in Pineville, Texas, and two cars: a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2015 Dodge Durango.
In the agreement, Giles also agreed to return to her maiden name and provide medical benefits for Coutee and her daughter through a medical program for military dependents.
Giles, (pictured) who lived in a gated community of townhouses near the store where the shooting occurred, married Coutee in Waco, Texas, on October 24, 2014.