Murder-for-hire trial underway in West Baton Rouge
PORT ALLEN - An accused hit man and the woman authorities claim hired him to kill her husband faced a Port Allen jury Monday.
Monique Kitts and Karl Howard face charges of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of Cory Kitts.
Investigators said the victim was shot three times in the head, execution-style, while he was in bed. Assistant district attorney Tony Clayton said in court that a $549,000 insurance policy was motive for the murder-for-hire.
The alleged getaway driver, Corey Knox, made a deal with prosecutors and will be one of the state's star witnesses. The defense labeled Knox as a criminal who will lie about Monique Kitts' involvement.
Defense attorneys say Kitts' husband was the love of her life and there's no physical evidence to place Karl Howard at the scene.
The trial will continue Tuesday.