Murder of Drug Informant

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

A jury in federal court is now hearing evidence to decide if two murder suspects from Mingo County should get the death penalty.

Porgy Lecco and Valerie Friend are accused in the April 2005 shooting death of Carla Collins.

Prosecutors say Lecco was a drug kingpin in Mingo County and ordered Friend to kill Collins because Collins was a federal drug informant.

The defense says Lecco and Friend were not involved with the actual murder, but that Lecco did participate in a coverup of the crime.

The trial is expected to continue all this week in federal court in Charleston.

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