Jury to begin murder-for-hire deliberations today
PORT ALLEN - Attorneys presented their final arguments to jurors Wednesday in the trial of Monique Kitts and Karl Howard, the man Kitts is accused of hiring to kill her husband, and the jury will begin decided the pair's fate Thursday.
Prosecutors said Kitts paid Howard $100,000 to murder her husband four years ago. Police said Corey Kitts was found shot inside the couple's Addis home.
Kitts' defense team tried to paint the case against her as "sloppy" and based off coincidences. Prosecutors rebutted that there are just too many coincidences, and pointed to testimony from the accused getaway driver. Defense attorneys used their closing argument to try and poke holes in that testimony.
Near the end of his closing argument, defense attorney Allen Myles started to cry and became very emotional describing his longing for the jury to find his client not guilty.
"Closings are always difficult, emotional. I am convinced she's innocent, you want it to go right," Myles said after court ended for the night Wednesday.
"One of my first jury trials I watched was him, that was twenty years ago, every trial I've seen him in, he's cried," prosecutor Tony Clayton said.
Kitts is accused of having her husband killed for his life insurance money.