SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Testimony will resume Saturday in the murder-for-hire trial of Linda Kate Passaniti, accused mastermind in the plot to kill her stepfather for access to his money.
Passaniti is charged with the murder of 73-year-old Ernest Luttrell in July of 2010. Prosecutors say Passaniti and Luttrell's wife, Loretta Luttrell, arranged for his murder in order to gain access to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to Ernest for mineral rights to his property.
Passaniti's daughter, Kim Passaniti Falcon, spent 9 hours on the stand Friday, answering detailed and pointed questions about the family's finances. Falcon testified that she firmly believes her mother is innocent in the murder of her grandfather.
Kim broke down on the stand and cried late in the afternoon as the DA's Office continued to press her about Loretta Luttrell's trust fund, an account in which she had reportedly been named trustee.