W.Va. Man Faces Retrial In Fed Death Penalty Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a Mingo County man ordered a drug informant's murder five years ago because she knew he'd resumed selling cocaine despite a recent bust.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McVey outlined the case against George Lecco as his retrial began Monday.

Lecco faces a dozen felony charges stemming from the April 2005 slaying of Carla Collins. Three carry the federal death penalty.

Defense lawyer Amy Austin told the jury that Lecco had nothing to do with the murder.

She said prosecutors are relying on two proven liars who carried out the killing.

Those witnesses include valerie friend, who was convicted with Lecco after a 2007 trial.

Friend pleaded guilty after a juror's misconduct wiped out those verdicts.

The retrial could take several weeks.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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