WV Man Eligible for Death Penalty for Role in VA Murder-for-Hire Plot

A West Virginia man has been found legally eligible for the federal death penalty for his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

A federal court jury issued its finding Wednesday in the case of David Anthony Runyon of Morgantown, West Virginia. Jurors will return to U.S. District Court in Norfolk August 19 for the final sentencing phase.

The 38-year-old Runyon and co-defendant Michael Draven of Newport News were convicted last week of murder, conspiracy to commit murder for hire and carjacking.

Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty for Draven.

Prosecutors say Runyon was the triggerman in the fatal shooting of Cory Voss in Newport News in 2007.

Voss' wife, Catherina, has pleaded guilty to arranging the slaying and is serving life in prison.