Triggermen loses appeal in murder-for-hire killing in Newport News

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:04 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- A federal appeals panel has upheld the capital sentence of a West Virginia man who was the triggerman in a hired killing of a sailor in Newport News..

The three judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected David Anthony Runyon's appeal of his conviction in 2007 murder-for-hire shooting of Ensign Cory Allen Voss.  Runyon appealed his capital murder conviction and sentencing on various grounds.

Runyon was hired by Catherina Voss and her lover to kill Voss' husband so they could be together and collect $500,000 in insurance money. They were sentenced to life in prison.

Runyon purchased the handgun he used to kill Voss in Morgantown, W.Va., where he lived. Cory Voss was found dead in his pickup truck in Newport News.

AP-WF-02-25-13 2046GMT

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