Wife, 2 Men Charged in Slaying Of Navy Officer in Newport News

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 23, 2008

The wife of a U.S. Navy officer and two others have been charged in a murder-for-hire plot in Newport News, Va., in which her husband was killed for his life insurance policy and other benefits, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday.

The slaying of Navy officer Corey Allen Voss, 30, was part of a conspiracy involving his wife, her lover and a third man, a former Army officer, who was recruited to kill her husband, court documents said.

Charged were Catherina Rose Voss, 32; Michael Anthony Eric Draven, 27, her alleged lover; and David Anthony Runyon, 37, the former officer. All could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges, which include conspiracy to commit murder for hire, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The office is based in Alexandria, but the case is being prosecuted in Newport News, where Draven and Catherina Voss live.

Defense attorneys had not been appointed as of late yesterday.

Voss was shot and killed April 29, 2007, near the Langley Federal Credit Union in Newport News. Court documents said that Voss and his wife had been married since 1999 but that she began the affair with Draven in 2006 while her husband was on a six-month deployment aboard the USS Elrod.

According to court documents, Draven talked to three people about killing Voss before meeting Runyon in February 2007 while the two were subjects of a medical study in Baltimore. Runyon, a former police officer, is from Morgantown, W.Va.

After Voss's death, his wife received a $100,000 Navy death gratuity and submitted a claim for $400,000 in life insurance.

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