Jury seated in WBR murder-for-hire trial
PORT ALLEN - After four days, a jury was selected in the West Baton Rouge murder-for-hire trial involving a woman accused of having her husband murdered.
Monique Kitts is accused of having her husband, Corey Kitts, shot execution-style in their Addis home for the insurance money. He was killed almost four years ago and it took three years of investigation before his wife was arrested.
"She's always maintained her innocence," said Kitts' lawyer, Allen Myles. "I believe in her and I believe in her case."
She's being charged with second degree murder along with Karl Howard, who's accused of being the hit man. The defense said jury selection took so long because each side was able to issue 24 challenges.
The prosecution added that jury selection is often hard with a big case in a small town.
"Were having to weed through a lot of people," said prosecutor Scotty Chabert from the West Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office. "It's not only a very publicized case, it's a publicized case in a small town where a lot of people know one another and have heard whispers of this case or have heard it on the news channels it's a very detailed selection of jurors."
Prosecutors said while it may have taken a while to question potential jurors, they are confident it will be a quick case.
According to the West Baton Rouge clerk of court office, opening statements will begin Monday morning at 9 a.m.