July 1, 2022

Sentencing for Kayla Giles delayed, attorneys unenroll, new attorney joins scenario

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – A sentencing listening to set for Monday for Kayla Giles in the Rapides Parish courthouse was delayed right until April 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The hold off was requested since the two of Giles’ trial lawyers, George Higgins and Rocky Willson, unenrolled as counsel. A new post-conviction lawyer, Jane Hogan of Hammond, enrolled to symbolize her.

Giles was convicted of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in January for the Sept. 8, 2018 lethal capturing of her estranged partner, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in an Alexandria Walmart parking great deal in the course of a custody exchange. A conviction of next-degree murder provides a obligatory everyday living sentence in Louisiana.

Higgins explained to the court docket at the physical appearance on Monday that the shift to change lawyers was “Ms. Coutee’s wish as very well.”

Judge Greg Beard was vocally disappointed that the sentencing would be delayed as he settled on a new day.

Hogan informed the court docket that she was employed about two months back and said she intended to file several motions, namely one for a new trial, a person for a pre-sentence memo, and a person for a judgement notwithstanding the verdict.

Judge Beard requested Hogan, “Why did we wait around for two months for this to happen? Now, we’re hunting at motions that could be handled on attractiveness?

Hogan certain Decide Beard that she could quickly have the motions ready forward of the April 14 sentencing day.

“The courtroom is sort of interested in looking at what challenges you will be boosting in the motion for a new demo and the movement for a judgement notwithstanding the verdict,” said Choose Beard.

Judge Beard gave Hogan a deadline of April 4 to file her motions. Assistant Attorney Common Joseph LeBeau objected to the continuance of sentencing. He was presented until eventually April 11 to answer to Hogan’s motions.

Hogan told the courtroom she would be stopping by Higgins’ place of work to pick up Giles’ file after court docket wrapped up.

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