Sentencing for Kayla Giles delayed, attorneys unenroll, new lawyer joins circumstance

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

The delay was requested since both of Giles’ trial lawyers, George Higgins and Rocky Willson, unenrolled as counsel. A new put up-conviction legal professional, Jane Hogan of Hammond, enrolled to stand for her.

Giles was convicted of next-degree murder and obstruction of justice in January for the Sept. 8, 2018 fatal taking pictures of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in an Alexandria Walmart parking ton all through a custody exchange. A conviction of next-degree murder provides a obligatory life sentence in Louisiana.

Higgins advised the court at the appearance on Monday that the shift to improve lawyers was “Ms. Coutee’s want as nicely.”

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

Hogan informed the court docket that she was hired about two weeks ago and said she supposed to file many motions, particularly a person for a new demo, one particular for a pre-sentence memo, and a single for a judgement notwithstanding the verdict.

Judge Beard requested Hogan, “Why did we wait for two months for this to materialize? Now, we’re seeking at motions that could be dealt with on attraction?

Hogan certain Decide Beard that she could speedily have the motions prepared ahead of the April 14 sentencing day.

“The court docket is type of intrigued in observing what concerns you are going to be boosting in the motion for a new demo and the movement for a judgement notwithstanding the verdict,” explained Judge Beard.

Choose Beard gave Hogan a deadline of April 4 to file her motions. Assistant Lawyer Basic Joseph LeBeau objected to the continuance of sentencing. He was presented until finally April 11 to respond to Hogan’s motions.

Hogan informed the courtroom she would be halting by Higgins’ office to choose up Giles’ file just after court wrapped up.

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