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Mystery DNA discussed in murder-for-hire trial

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, November 06 2014 Nov 6, 2014 November 06, 2014 5:08 AM November 06, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz, Russell Jones

PORT ALLEN- The defense team for a wife and an accused hit man in a murder-for-hire trial wasted no time shocking the courtroom Wednesday.

Monique Kitts and Karl Howard are on trial for the death of Corey Kitts in 2010. Monique Kitts, the wife, is accused of hiring Howard to kill Corey Kitts.

After the prosecution rested its case, the defense called Yancy Guerin from the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office. Yancy said there was DNA on Corey Kitts' lips and genitals that was not his.

Testimony became so graphic Tuesday that Corey Kitts' mom and sister left the courtroom.

Earlier, prosecutors called a forensic accountant Wednesday to testify about the money trail they said linked Kitts to Howard. Investigators said between Jan. and July 2010, when Corey Kitts was murdered, Monique made $157,000 in withdrawals. The accountant testified that it was an unusual amount of money to be taken out just to pay bills, even large ones, and that Karl Howard was off work either the day of, day after, or two days after most of the withdrawals.

On cross-examination, defense attorneys showed documents that Corey Kitts also took out money occasionally from their bank account and that they filed for bankruptcy in 2009. They also said the witness couldn't prove the money came directly to Howard, which the witness said was true because you cannot trace cash payments.

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