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Authorities identify second Ky. man in case against fugitives

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The body of a man found strangled in his home earlier this month has been identified. Robert Eugene Elliott, 50, was found dead in his apartment near the city's downtown area on Aug. 6. Elliott died of asphyxiation, said d...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The body of a man found strangled in his home earlier this month has been identified.

Robert Eugene Elliott, 50, was found dead in his apartment near the city's downtown area on Aug. 6. Elliott died of asphyxiation, said deputy coroner Rita Taylor.

Jeremy Brooks, 27, of Greenwood, La., and Coty Martinez, 28, of Cut Off, La., have been charged in the death of Elliott and Hugh Patrick O'Dea, 69, whose body was discovered Aug. 4.

A grand jury in Louisville charged Brooks and Martinez on Monday with two counts each of complicity to commit murder. The couple also face other charges, including complicity to commit robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Brooks, who sometimes uses the name Travis Allen Guntenaar, is also charged in Wright County, Minn., in the killing of Ruth Ouverson, 58, of rural Montrose, Minn. Her body was found in a bedroom closet of her home on Aug. 4.

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Brooks and Martinez also face charges of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery on June 2 in Slidell, La., where authorities say Martinez lured a man to a hotel room and Brooks nearly beat him to death with a malt liquor bottle and a tire iron.

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