David Norman allegedly caught on video dumping body of murdered girlfriend
Grand Junction's David Norman has been charged as a habitual criminal in the slaying of his girlfriend, Kathy Fortner -- and an arrest affidavit on view below suggests that his attempts to get out from under suspicion in the terrible crime were foiled by two separate pieces of video.
Photos, video and more below.
In one, he's seen apparently dumping Fortner's body near the Colorado National Monument. In the other, footage shows him seemingly trying, and failing, to wash all her blood from the bed of his truck. Continue for photos, video and additional details.
According to the aforementioned affidavit, Norman has racked up some serious beefs over time. At the time of his arrest in the Fortner case, he was on parole for an assault in Summit County during which he's said to have severely beaten a Super 8 motel clerk, and ripped hair from her scalp, after two of his credit cards were declined. He also had a 1993 conviction in California for receiving felony property and a 2000 offense in Oklahoma related to carrying a firearm while on probation.
Despite this criminal history, Norman's the one who initially reached out to the law -- specifically the Mesa County Sheriff's Office -- to report Fortner missing the morning of July 2. The document quotes him as telling a deputy that Fortner left at around 10:30 p.m. the night before after an argument. She was supposedly "pissed about me being on the phone.... I'm always on the phone," he maintained. He quoted her as declaring, "You are on the phone all the goddamn time. Fuck this, I'm going walking."
Fortner was said to have left the home without taking her purse or any money. When she didn't return, Norman told the deputy he'd texted and tried phoning her several times during the night and received no answers. He was concerned about her absence in part to what he he described as Fortner's proclivity for seizures -- and she hadn't taken her medication with her. He added that he served as Fortner's "custodian" due to a Social Security determination that she was not to be responsible for her own finances.
A convincing story? Perhaps, but it was undercut by a couple of factors. The deputy noticed a persistent smell of bleach, a substance often used to destroy evidence of crimes -- and upon looking at Norman's ride, a 1984 Ford truck, he noticed what appeared to be blood in the bed and on the back bumper, from which he took a swab.
David Norman's home.
This turned out to be a wise idea, because just after noon that day, law enforcers were dispatched to an area near the west entrance of the Colorado National Monument after a body was found. It was subsequently identified as Fortner, whose death was soon ruled a homicide due to multiple blunt force injuries, most of them near the head.
Possible murder weapons included a baseball bat, a shovel, a rock or even a human fist.
Continue for more about the arrest and charging of David Norman, including additional photos, a video and the arrest affidavit.