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Controversy over whether key witness will testify in alleged murder for hire trial

Monique Kitts (Source: WAFB) Monique Kitts (Source: WAFB)
Karl Howard (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Karl Howard (Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

The trial for an alleged murder-for-hire plot continued in a West Baton Rouge Parish courtroom on Wednesday.

This has been a rather slow moving trial. Attorneys in the case spent all of last week selecting a jury. The trial started on Monday and so far, the prosecution has only presented four witnesses. .

Monique Kitts and Karl Howard are on trial for second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. Kitts is accused of hiring Howard to kill her husband, Corey Kitts, for more than $500,000 of an insurance policy.

Corey Kitts was found dead inside his home in Addis in July 2010. Investigators said he had been shot three times at point-blank range.

David Johnson continued to give testimony for the second day in a row. He allegedly was in a relationship with Monique Kitts and is believed to have served as the "go-between" to find a contract killer for Kitts. Defense attorneys are cross-examining him. They are trying to prove he is inconsistent in everything he has been saying and that because he struck a plea deal with prosecutors, he is coming out now.

Corey Knox, the accused getaway driver, was the third person arrested in the murder. He is expected to take the witness stand later in the day.

There was controversy over whether to allow Knox to take the stand because the defense said Prosecutor Tony Clayton did not notify them that they had reached a deal with Knox in exchange for his testimony. The law says the defense must be notified within 24 hours and they didn't find out for a week. But Judge Robin Free said Knox will be allowed to take the stand Thursday. The trial will resume at 9 a.m.

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