Prosecution's witnesses paint guilty picture of suspect
PORT ALLEN- The trial over an alleged murder-for-hire plot became even more salacious Thursday as jurors heard from witnesses for the prosecution that painted the wife accused of killer her husband as money-hungry killer who wanted to collect soon after the man's death.
Corey Kitts' wife, Monique, is on trial with the accused hitman, Karl Howard. The pair are being tried together in a salacious trial involving sex, lies, affairs and a hefty insurance policy. Kitts was found shot-to-death four years ago inside his home in Addis.
Thursday, Corey Kitts' sister testified she was with the accused wife the day Corey was murdered. She told the jury she remembered Monique Kitts seemed quick to want to hire an attorney and obtain the $500,000 life insurance policy. Two or three days after the murder, the sister said Monique Kitts was looking for an attorney to open succession and became frustrated when she realized she did not have access to Corey Kitts' bank accounts and all of his finances.
But, the defense tried to solidify the need for money by discussing the accused wife's two children who likely needed funds to sustain their lives during the ordeal.
Earlier Thursday, the trial featured the much-anticipated star witness, accused getaway driver Corey Knox. Knox told the jury he drove Howard to the Kitts' home the morning of the murder in 2010. He said he watched Howard get out of the car, walk to the back of the house and returned two minutes later with an envelope full of cash.
It is a memory that has haunted him every day, Knox told the jury.
He said while he did not see the actual murder, he believes Howard murdered Corey Kitts and said he testified to "get it over with" and "off his chest." For his testimony, it's expected Knox will get a plea deal since he is facing second-degree charges in the crime.
Corey Kitts' ten-year co-worker and a State Trooper also took the stand. The colleague talked about the pair's overnight shift an area plant. The trooper said he witnessed Monique Kitts on her knees exclaiming, "My God, what have I done," when he arrived at the murder scene in 2010.
Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Still no update on downtown library
Nick & Cassie: A 20-year-old love message erased by traffic
Thieves steal $1,000 in lawn equipment from trailer parked outside local business
Recent graduates could score $20 laptops in Ascension Parish
Residents say shot-up, abandoned homes a blight on their neighborhood