WBR grand jury indicts three in 2010 slaying of Addis man

A West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on Thursday handed down first-degree murder indictments for each of the three people suspected in the 2010 fatal shooting of an Addis man.

The three were also charged with criminal conspiracy to first degree murder in connection with the death of Corey Kitts, 40, who was found dead in his home on July 9, 2010. Investigators have said Kitts was shot three times in head at point blank range in the bedroom of the home in Addis’ River Landing subdivision.

Arrest warrants were issued for Karl Michael Howard, 29, 918 Wood Creek Dr., Roswell, Ga.; Monique O. Kitts, 43, 17701 Suma Dr., Livingston; and Corey Knox, 28, 7829 E. Poinsettia St., Baton Rouge, shortly after the grand jury handed down the indictments.

Authorities had also named a fourth suspect in February. Asked about that Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton responded, “The evidence showed the people that were involved in this killing. The grand jury indicted them.”

West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes said deputies apprehended Monique Kitts shortly after the indictments were returned.

Authorities said in previous reports Monique Kitts was married to Corey Kitts at the time of his death.

Cazes said Thursday afternoon his office hoped to have all three suspects in custody by Thursday night.

During Thursday’s court proceedings Clayton asked that the suspects be held in West Baton Rouge Parish jail without bond.

Investigators have said they didn’t find any evidence of forced entry into Kitts’ home and there were no signs of a burglary, according to previous reports.

“Sheriff Cazes took this case that had some issues, worked it and took his time,” Clayton said. “They worked tirelessly until preliminary justice was served. We put forth, in our opinion, a strong case to the grand jury and we’re ready to put forth this case to a jury so the family can have some closure with this murder. We’re thoroughly convinced that the people we got are guilty.”