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Murder-for-hire trial in Port Allen recessed this week

Monique Kitts, accused of second degree murder of her husband in 2011 (Source: WAFB) Monique Kitts, accused of second degree murder of her husband in 2011 (Source: WAFB)
PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) -

A murder-for-hire trial enters week three in West Baton Rouge Parish, but shortly after the trial began Monday, the judge ordered a recess for the entire week. 

The judge said because a juror's grandfather passed away Sunday night, Veteran's Day is Tuesday and the judge had prior arrangements scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, it would be better to resume the trial on Monday, November 17. 

Monique Kitts is accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband, Corey Kitts, in July 2010.

Monique Kitts took the stand Thursday and denied having anything to do with her husband's murder. She is charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Karl Howard is the suspected gunman. He is also on trial for second degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. It is unknown if Howard will testify in his defense. 

Kitts is accused of hiring Howard to kill her husband for more than $500,000 of an insurance policy.

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

Corey Knox is the accused getaway driver in this case who allegedly drove Howard to the Kitts' home on the morning of the murder. He was a witness from the prosecution and told jurors he took his mother's Dodge Durange and backed in the Kitts' driveway the morning of the driveway. When Clayton asked Monique if everything Corey Knox testified was wrong, she replied, "Corey Knox is lying."

The prosecution wrapped up its case Wednesday after calling 19 witnesses over the course of more than a week. The defense will continue their case on Nov. 17.

The prosecution's star witness, Knox, will go on trial at a later date.

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