4 suspects in 2010 shooting death to appear before WBR grand jury

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office reported Thursday that four people suspected in the 2010 fatal shooting of an Addis resident will go before a West Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on March 5.

Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, serving in his capacity as investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, made the names of the four suspects public.

Johnson identified them as Monique Oubre Kitts, 43, 3123 River Landing Drive, Addis; David Johnson, 37, 3748 Cherry Drive, Baker; Corey Knoxs, 28, 7829 E. Poinsettia St., Baton Rouge; and Karl Howard, 29, 2202 Tree Mountain Parkway, Stone Mountain, Ga.

Authorities found Corey Kitts, 40, dead July 9, 2010, in the bedroom of his home in Addis’ River Landing subdivision, according to reports.

He had been shot three times in the head and neck at point-blank range, investigators said.

Several shell casings from a 9 mm handgun were scattered on the floor near the man’s body. Police also found a 9 mm handgun in a nightstand near the victim’s head, authorities said.

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

Johnson said Thursday no one had been arrested so far in connection Kitts’ death.

“That’s because we’ve been investigating it and weren’t ready until this point,” Johnson said.

Johnson said Monique Oubre Kitts, one of the four being summoned to the grand jury, was married to Corey Kitts at the time of his death.

“She is the primary suspect,” Johnson added.

Authorities had said at the time of the slaying there was no known motive, but they weren’t ruling out any suspects, including close relatives of the victim.

Johnson would not say exactly how Johnson, Knoxs and Howard are allegedly involved in the case, but he did add they are not related to the victim.