Resumption of Monique Kitts murder-for-hire trial postponed a week _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Monique O. Kitts exits the West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. ORG XMIT: BAT1411061804042910

The murder-for-hire trial of Monique O. Kitts, accused of hiring a contract killer to murder her husband, has been continued until Nov. 17.

Defense attorneys for Kitts, 45, of Livingston, and Karl Michael Howard, 30, of Roswell, Georgia, were expected to resume their cases at 9 a.m. Monday, but 18th Judicial District Judge J. Robin Free postponed the trial proceedings for the week due to a personal issue for one of the jurors and several pre-scheduled court hearings the judge had set for different matters.

For the past two weeks, jurors have heard testimony from witnesses surrounding the death of Corey Kitts, 40, who was shot three times in 2010 in the bedroom of the Addis home he shared with his wife and two children.

Prosecuting attorneys have portrayed Monique Kitts as a greedy woman who hired Howard, a Verizon employee living in Atlanta, to kill her husband so she could collect more than $800,000 from his employment benefits and life insurance.

Monique Kitts took the stand last week as the defense began its case. She testified she was trying to work on her marriage with her husband in the months leading up to his slaying and never would have paid anyone to kill him.

The trial will resume at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.