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Wife, 31, is charged with murder after ‘shooting dead her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot while their three children watched on just days after he sued her for custody’

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Kayla Jean Giles from Alexandria in Louisiana,  has been charged with the second-degree murder of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee Jr,
Giles, 31, shot Coutee Jr, 30, once in the chest i the parking lot of the Walmart store in Alexandria, Louisiana on Saturday, Aug 8
The squabbling pair who were separated since Feb were meant meeting for child custody exchange of their daughter with three kids sitting in the car
Coutee Jr died at the scene after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful – it was his daughter’s second birthday, which also happened to be his birthday
The estranged couple were due back in court for custody hearing after Coutee sued for sole custody of their daughter
He had accused Giles of domestic violence against him in court filings from Aug 28
The victim who was left with ‘redness on the left side of his jaw line’, in a social media photo, according to a police report, also showed officers a text Giles allegedly sent to a mutual friend where she said she had ‘knocked the s*** out of Thomas, it felt good tho’
Giles has been charged with second-degree murder and remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center without bon
Kayla Jean Giles 3Thomas Coutee Jr seen [right], with with alleged shooter Kayla Giles in an undated photo, died at the scene after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful

A wife has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead her estranged husband in the parking lot of a Walmart on Saturday while their three children looked on.
According to a KALB report, Kayla Jean Giles, 31, from Alexandria in Louisiana, arranged to meet Thomas Coutee Jr outside the local store for a child custody exchange. As the youngsters sat in her car she shot 30-year-old Coutee once in the chest at 11.15am.
Coutee Jr died at 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 on $500,000 bond.
On August 28, Coutee’s attorney had 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 his daughter’s second birthday, which he also shares.

Kayla Jean Giles 5.JPGKayla Jean Giles, [photo] has been charged with the second-degree murder of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee Jr

Coutee was a welding instructor at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College and raced all-terrain vehicles. In a March Facebook post about an event promoting career and technical education to high school students, he said teaching was his “true passion and career, and I am glad I chose this path in life.”

Thomas Coutee Jr 2Thomas Coutee died at the scene even after a member of the public performed CPR on him until firefighters and Louisiana State Police arrived

Thomas Coutee Jr was appealing that an August 20 ruling granting joint custody for the his daughter should be voided because Giles had a ‘history of domestic abuse’ towards him. His initial petition for a divorce did not mention any alleged abuse and sought joint custody.
However, Coutee filed one report with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office on May 28 alleging that six days before Giles slapped him while they were ‘exchanging custody of the kids’.
Kayla Coutee died at the scene after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Walmart in Alexandia, Louisiana 2Crime scene: police activity after Giles shot Coutee Jr. in the parking of a Walmart store in Alexandria, Louisiana,on Saturday Aug 9
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