DA: Drugs, robbery motive in Indiana Co. walking trail slaying

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CLYMER, Pa. —

A prosecutor said 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 said 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 said 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.

Patterson and Salsgiver remained jailed without bond Wednesday. They face a preliminary hearing July 2.