New Counts Filed Over Body Near Colorado Monument

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed more counts against a Grand Junction parolee accused of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found near Colorado National Monument.

Prosecutors filed counts Tuesday accusing David James Norman of being a habitual criminal. He also is charged with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence, false reporting and abuse of a corpse.

If Norman is convicted, the habitual criminal counts could enhance his sentence.

Tourists found the body of 49-year-old Kathy Fortner on July 2. Investigators say Norman had reported her missing that morning following an argument the couple had.

An autopsy showed Fortner died of head injuries.

Norman had been serving parole stemming from a 2002 assault conviction in Summit County.

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