Jurors could begin deliberating today in the trial of a Louisiana woman accused of hiring a hit man to gun down her husband, all to obtain a life insurance payoff, prosecutors allege.
A 911 call from the moment Monique Kitts found husband Corey’s body was played in court Friday.
“It’s like something … somebody’s been in my house,” she can be heard saying on the call in 2010. “I just walked through the door.
“Oh, my God, help me! Oh, my God, help me! Oh, Jesus,” she said, sobbing.
But prosecutors say the emotional reaction to her husband’s death was fake, that Kitts was putting on a show to collect on a life insurance policy worth more than $500,000. Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton said forensic cellphone records are among the key pieces of evidence linking her to the alleged shooter, Karl Howard.
"We're going to take the cellphone records, and we're going to place the defendants conversing with one another,” Clayton said. “We're going to place them at certain parts around the crime scene during the time of the murder. And we're going to place them by … we're just going to show their paths that they traveled and what took place leading up to the murder."
The Kitts were financially successful. She owned a day care. He worked in manufacturing. They lived in an upscale home.
But police in West Baton Rouge say that Kitts hired Howard, 30, to kill her husband. Howard and Kitts are both charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Another man, David Ray Johnson, claiming to be her former boyfriend, told police Kitts paid him to find the hit man, giving him money, a map to her home and her husband’s work schedule. Johnson, who's considered a witness, has not been implicated in any way.
But Kitts’ daughter Dorey believes her mother did nothing wrong.
“They weren’t there. They don’t know what she went through when she saw [the body],” she told ABC affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “They don't know what she's been through throughout her life. They just, they can't just judge her off of what they're hearing. They just got to know her, herself and know the truth."