Judge sets $500,000 bail in Addis ‘murder for hire’ case

A state district judge set bail at $500,000 during arraignment proceedings Wednesday for a Livingston Parish woman accused of the murder-for-hire killing of her husband in West Baton Rouge Parish.

Monique O. Kitts, 43, 17701 Suma Drive, Livingston, entered a plea of not guilty before District Judge Robin Free of 18th Judicial District Court to a charge of second-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of her husband Corey Kitts.

Authorities found Corey Kitts, 40, dead July 9, 2010, in the bedroom of his home in the River Landing subdivision in Addis, according to reports. He had been shot three times in the head and neck at point-blank range, investigators said.

Prosecutors have accused Monique Kitts of hiring someone to kill her husband so she could cash in on his insurance policy.

Monique Kitts was arrested on March 14 and booked in the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail with first-degree murder. The first-degree count was amended to a count of second-degree murder on March 20 during Monique Kitts’ first bail hearing before Free.

Free denied the defendant bail at that time because he believed her release posed a threat to the community because of additional circumstances involved with the case.

Col. Richie Johnson, of the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday if Monique Kitts is able to make bail, she would have to meet three stipulations imposed by Free.

“She cannot have any contact with any witnesses or the victim’s family members,” Johnson said. “She has to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and she cannot leave the state. She has to stay between Livingston and West Baton Rouge parishes.”