Gambino August, indicted recently on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the Jan. 1 shooting death of Natalie Liles, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.
August, 44, told police just after the shooting that Liles, with whom he had an on-and-off relationship, began slapping and punching him after the two got into an argument at an apartment at 1521 Continental Square. August told police he got a gun from beneath his bed, chambered a round of ammunition, pointed the gun at Liles and fired, a detective testified at a hearing in January in Fayette District Court. Liles, 30, was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
On Thursday, August's attorney, Chris Tracy, asked Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone to release August, who had been held without bond at the Fayette County Detention Center. Tracy said August was "low risk," had good family support, and his previous legal troubles involved only a speeding ticket and a citation for failure to wear a seat belt.
Scorsone set a $100,000 bond for August, to be satisfied by posting either $10,000 in cash or $20,000 in real estate equity. He scheduled a pre-trial conference for April 5 and a status hearing for April 20.