Army veteran, hit man in killing of Navy officer, awaits new sentencing hearing on death row
Army veteran David A. Runyon, convicted of being the hit man in a 2007 murder-for-hire slaying of a young Navy officer in Newport News. A jury in U.S. District Court in Norfolk sentenced Runyon to death in 2009. But in December 2020, a panel for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that the case be sent back to Norfolk for a hearing on whether one of Runyon’s trial attorneys was “ineffective” when he failed to fully explore Runyon’s brain damage at trial.
Shipbuilder Austal USA partners with Alabama steelmaker for Navy work
Austal’s Mobile shipyard has been launching aluminum ships for the Navy for years, and continues to deliver Littoral Combat Ships and Expeditionary Fast Transports. In 2020 the yard began the process of diversifying into steel construction; its steel shipbuilding facilities are expected to be operational in spring 2022 and its first project will be a ship in the Navajo class.