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Jury selection in murder-for-hire trial continues

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PORT ALLEN - A woman accused of having her husband killed faces trial three years later.

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 pleads not guilty.

"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. Jury selection is going on right now, but it's proving to be a difficult task.

"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 say while it may take a while to question potential jurors, they are confident it will be a quick case.

"Once trial starts it will move quickly," Chabert said. "Once we have our 12 jurors sworn in."

The jury selection will continue Thursday at 9 a.m.

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