West Baton Rouge Parish jury finds Monique Kitts, Karl Howard guilty in murder-for-hire case

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PORT ALLEN, Louisiana — The monthlong trial for a woman accused of having her husband killed in a murder-for-hire scheme came to an end when a West Baton Rouge Parish jury found her and the gunman she hired guilty of second-degree murder.

Forty-five-year-old Monique O. Kitts, of Livingston, and 30-year-old Karl Michael Howard, of Roswell, Georgia, face life sentences in the slaying of her husband, Corey Kitts.

Authorities say 40-year-old Corey Kitts was shot three times on July 9, 2010, while sleeping in the couple's bedroom in the Addis home he shared with his wife and their two children.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1uNONDp ) Monique Kitts and Howard will be sentenced on Jan. 7.

Prosecutors argued that Monique Kitts had her husband killed so she could cash in on more than $800,000 from his employment benefits and life insurance.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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