New Details Out About Mother Accused Of Killing Kids

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

New details came out Monday about the case of a Kentucky mother accused of murdering her children.

Police arrested Gail Coontz in March after she took a woman hostage at the University of Louisville. Investigators later found her two children dead.

In court documents released Monday it seems the state was warned about her mental health before the killings.

In a report by the Louisville "Courier Journal," a year before Gail Coontz was accused of killing her children, she called a crisis hotline and threatened to kill herself as well as her son and daughter.

The call prompted an immediate investigation by the State Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
However after talking with Coontz and her children and getting a letter from her therapist, who called Coontz, "one of the best mothers she had seen," the Cabinet cleared Coontz. They declared the mother of two was not a risk to her children.

In March of last year, Coontz showed up with a gun at the University of Louisville health services counseling center, where police say she tool a counselor hostage, before surrendering peacefully. Her children, 14-year-old, Greg and 10-year-old, Nikiki were found shot to death in their Okolona home later that day.

Coontz has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, one count of terroristic threatening and tampering with evidence and is being held in the Louisville jail on $500,000 bail.

A trial date has not been set for Coontz, but prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty.


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