WV Man to Stand Trial in VA for Murder-for-Hire Plot

A West Virginia man charged with being the triggerman in a murder-for-hire plot is going on trial in federal court in Norfolk.

David Runyon of Morgantown, West Virginia and co-defendant Michael Draven of Newport News will be tried together on charges of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and several other counts. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Draven and Catherina Voss of Newport News hired Runyon to kill Voss' husband, 30-year-old Navy ensign Cory Voss.

Police say Cory Voss was shot while sitting in his pickup outside an ATM in Newport News on April 29, 2007.

Catherine Voss has pleaded guilty to arranging the killing.

If Runyon is convicted, prosecutors plan to seek the federal death penalty.