Two Missouri men face St. Louis trial in murder-for-hire

Sunday, June 6, 2010 | 4:14 p.m. CDT; updated 5:11 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 6, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Two men accused in a 1992 murder-for-hire plot will go on trial this week in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that jury selection will get underway Monday in federal court in the case against Mehlville firefighter James K. Kornhardt and a friend, Steven A. Mueller.

Both face charges of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and use of an interstate facility to commit murder for hire.

Prosecutors allege Karen Coleman wanted her husband, Danny Coleman, killed for the insurance money.

The body of the 38-year-old was found in his burning pickup near Stanton in Franklin County in October 1992. His body was badly burned, but authorities said he died from blows to the head and face.

Karen Coleman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal district court in St. Louis to conspiracy and murder-for-hire.


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