Army Deserter on trial for death of minister

WAYNE, W.Va. — An Army deserter is set to stand trial on charges of robbing and killing a minister in West Virginia.

Jury selection was set to begin Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court for the trial of 21-year-old Stephen Wilson of Cincinnati.

Wilson is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of the Rev. Mark McCalla. McCalla was killed June 19, 2008, at a gun range in the Beech Fork Wildlife Management Area in Wayne County.

Co-defendant Daniel Smith of Newport News, Va., was convicted in August and sentenced to life with the chance for parole.

The Army has said Wilson and Smith went absent without leave from Fort Drum in New York in May 2008.

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