Gov't lays out case against Harold Ordway
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 08:14 PM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The federal government is laying out its case against Harold Ordway.
For the first time, we're learning about the timeline of events that prosecutors believe led to the killings of two of Ordway's roommates in 2011.
Investigators were clued in when ORdway was involved in a crash in September of that year.
The story starts in March of 2011, with Harold Ordway buying a house in Battle Creek and renovating it with a homeless man named Michael Van Buskirk.
Five months later, in August, Ordway's friend Paul Atchley arrived at a Kalamazoo bus station, wearing his signature red baseball hat with white lettering.
That same month, Orway and Atchley moved into Ordway's parents house, saying he got into a fight with someone from a rescue mission.
Van Buskirk was living at a homeless shelter before moving in with those two.
Around that time, according to court documents, Ordway's parents say they heard the two saying we had to get "Mike" out of the house.
Later that month, Van Buskirk was reported missing by his mother; his body was found in October in a field in Kalamazoo County.
By the time Ordway moved in with his mom and dad, they claim he as off his bi-polar medication, and was acting as if people were against him.
The documents also detail Atchley's behavior as well, and how he would constantly sleep on a mattress in the bed of Ordway's truck, parked outside the parents house.
On September 1st, he went to bed, and Ordway's parents never saw him again.
They told investigators that their son was standing strangely next to the refrigerator that night, where on top there were bullets for a rifle.
They also said that it was stormy and loud that night--too loud to hear a gunshot or to hear someone leave.
The next day, Ordway called 911, saying he was in a crash.
Police found a bloody mattress.
Orway's clothes were dirty and wet, and covered in blood, but according to documents, not his own.
At the scene, investigators found the red baseball hat, and rifle among other things.
Three inmates in jail with Ordway after his arrest made statements about Ordway being responsible for the two killings, and that he killed Atchley because he knew of the Van Buskirk murder.
Ordway pleaded guilty in November of 2012 on gun charges.
He could spend 10 years in prison, but prosecutors feel the unsolved murders should be factors in his sentencing.