Man indicted in murder-for-hire case

The man authorities believe initiated a murder-for-hire plot after allegedly learning another man had become romantically involved with his wife has been indicted by the Upshur County grand jury.

Rodolfo “Chino” Villagomez Correa, 33, of 8 Riley Heights, will appear in Upshur County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Friday for his arraignment on felony charges of murder and conspiracy. He has been held without bond since his July 2012 arrest in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Correa is alleged to have paid Jesse Lee Heater $5,000 to kill 29-year-old Joshua Oberg in January 2012, after Correa learned Oberg allegedly had been romantically involved with Correa’s wife. Oberg’s body was found in a shallow grave along Bull Run Road in a remote area of Upshur County in July 2012 after investigators were led to whereabouts of Oberg’s remains by a confidential informant.

Heater, of Buckhannon, is alleged to have shot and stabbed Oberg on Jan. 23, 2012. Heater is being held without bond on a murder charge. He is alleged to have pointed a gun at Robert Eugene Siron III, of Weston, telling him to keep quiet about that night. Heater is also alleged to have given Siron $500 to remain silent about the incident.

Siron, who is also facing a murder charge, is being held without bond in a separate regional jail.

Siron’s and Heater’s trial is slated for 9 a.m., Dec. 16 in Upshur County Circuit Court. A jury will be selected on Dec. 10.

Since his arrest, Correa has also faced several federal immigration and firearms charges. He pleaded guilty this summer to a felony charge of being in possession of a weapon by an alien illegally in the U.S., and is awaiting sentencing.