Attorney: Plea deal offered in slaying
A plea offer has been extended and negotiations continue in the case of a parolee accused of murdering his girlfriend and dumping her body at the west entrance of Colorado National Monument, a public defender said Friday.
David Norman, 44, waived a scheduled preliminary hearing Friday and may enter a plea during arraignment on Dec. 10, before Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison.
Public Defender Scott Burrill did not disclose terms under consideration in a possible plea deal.
Norman is charged with second-degree murder, four habitual criminal counts, tampering with physical evidence, false reporting and abuse of a corpse, in connection with the death of 49-year-old Kathy Fortner. Her body was discovered by tourists the afternoon of July 2 near the west entrance of Colorado National Monument.
An arrest warrant affidavit said Norman reported Fortner missing on the morning of July 2 and told authorities she’d left their North Avenue apartment following an argument over him using his cellphone too much. Deputies who responded to the missing person report discovered blood in the bed of Norman’s pickup, which later proved to be Fortner’s, according to the affidavit.
An autopsy showed Fortner died of multiple blunt-force injuries to the head.
Norman’s truck was allegedly seen on surveillance video at the monument’s west entrance in the early-morning hours of July 2; at one point he appears to be looking directly into one of the cameras, the affidavit said.
Norman is being held at the Mesa County Jail unable to post bond because of a parole hold.