The criminal trial of two men allegedly involved in a brutal 1992 murder began on Tuesday in St. Louis Federal Court. James K. Kornhardt and Steven A. Mueller are accused of playing a role in the murder of Danny Coleman, who at the time of the murder was 38 years old.
Coleman was killed in a home on the 7800 block of Michigan Avenue in St. Louis and taken to Franklin County where his body was set on fire in his own truck. The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Dittmeier, said during opening statements that Coleman’s wife, Karen Coleman, initiated a plot to murder her husband in order to obtain insurance money. Karen Coleman previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and murder for hire.