Murder-for-hire trial postponed until next week
PORT ALLEN - A murder-for-hire trial in West Baton Rouge has been continued until Monday, Nov. 17.
Attorneys for 45-year-old Monique Kitts and 30-year-old Karl Howard were set to resume their defense today at 9 a.m., but Judge J. Robin Free chose to postpone the trial for the week due to other previously scheduled court hearings and the death of a juror's family member.
Jurors in the case have heard testimony from numerous witnesses in connection with the 2010 death of 40-year-old Corey Kitts, who was shot in the bedroom of the Addis residence he shared with Monique and their two children.
Prosecuting attorneys says Kitts was motivated by greed when she hired Howard, who was living Atlanta, to kill her husband and get his $800,000 life insurance policy.
Kitts took the stand last week as her defense began and claimed she never would have paid anyone to kill her husband.
The trial is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17.