DA: Drugs, robbery motive in Pa. trail slaying
CLYMER (AP) – A prosecutor says two men charged in a fatal shooting on a rural western Pennsylvania walking trail were trying to rob the victim during a drug deal.
The criminal complaints against 33-year-old Gregory Patterson and 22-year-old Christopher Salsgiver, both of Glen Campbell, were not immediately available Wednesday.
But Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty says it’s believed that Salsgiver shot 46-year-old James Alexander in the head Monday night after Salsgiver and Patterson met to buy drugs from Anderson.
Authorities say Alexander was at a party in Clymer before he walked onto the trail near Route 403 where shots were heard about 9:30 p.m. Friends who heard the shots found Alexander’s body.
Online court records don’t list attorneys for Patterson and Salsgiver, who remained jailed without bond Wednesday.
They face a preliminary hearing July 2.