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Ebensburg man charged in two homicides

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A man confessed to kidnapping and killing an elderly woman so he could use her automatic teller machine card, and to killing another man so he could steal his pickup truck, police said.
State police in Cambria and Huntingdon counties charged Nathan Timothy Fortson, 27, of Ebensburg, in the deaths of Velda Malloy, 74, of Ebensburg, and Dale Zunich, 39, of Altoona.
Cambria County District Attorney Patrick Kiniry said Tuesday he planned to seek the death penalty in Malloy’s killing.
“The motive was to get money, plain and simple,” Kiniry said at a news conference.
Malloy had been missing since May 24, when her son found her purse spilled onto a kitchen table, and teller machine card and cash missing. Fortson used the card to get $375, but unsuccessfully tried to withdraw $3,000 more by using it at two Huntingdon County banks, police said
Police said a witness told them he saw Fortson driving Malloy’s car the afternoon she disappeared.
Fortson confessed to strangling Malloy and cutting her throat, police said. Her body was found about 2 a.m. Tuesday partially submerged in a pond along Old Route 22, just east of Ebensburg.
Zunich was found slain near his pickup truck in a wooded area of Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, about a mile from the home of Fortson’s mother.
Police had been searching for Malloy when they got a tip about a pickup truck with possible blood on it Monday afternoon. That’s when they found Zunich.
Fortson apparently killed Zunich on Sunday after he sought Zunich’s help in locating his girlfriend. Zunich was hit on the head and his throat was cut, police said.
Fortson was arrested at his mother’s home Tuesday morning. He was jailed without bond and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.