Following guilty verdict in murder plot, star witness could get deal
PORT ALLEN - A jury found Monique Kitts and Karl Howard guilty Thursday of conspiring to kill Kitts' husband in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Investigators said Kitts paid Howard $100,000 to kill her husband, Corey Kitts, at their Addis home.
Defense attorneys had argued the state's case was built on circumstantial evidence, and tried to downplay the testimony of the man authorities said acted as Howard's getaway driver.
"This shows that if you break the law, you kill somebody, the evidence will catch you," prosecutor Tony Clayton said following the guilty verdict Thursday night outside the courthouse.
"Our family wants to just go and just embrace and thank God for what we've just gotten through tonight," the murdered husband's sister, Clonise, said. "We're just so grateful, it's sad in some ways, it's sad in a lot of ways, but tonight there's some peace in our lives and we're just grateful for that peace."
The star witness for the prosecution was Korey Knox, the accused getaway driver for Howard. Knox is expected to get a plea deal Friday.
"I thought his testimony was devastating to the defense," Clayton said.