ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - Harold Ordway waived his right to a preliminary examination and pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Paul Atchley in open court Wednesday.
Part of the plea deal included Ordway admitting to shooting and killing Atchley, and choking and killing Michael VanBuskirk.
Ordway's also has to cooperate with police to find Atchley's body. Part of the deal included authorities in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Barry and Allegan counties agreeing not to prosecute Ordway for other crimes, including the murder of VanBuskirk.
In September 2011, Ordway called police, saying he had been in a crash on M-89 near Plainwell.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a gun, ammunition and a bloody mattress in his pickup truck. The mattress had what authorities call "copious" amounts of "fresh-flowing" blood on it. The gun also had blood splatter on it, and there was blood on Ordway's clothes.
Documents say all of the blood came from one person -- neither Ordway or VanBuskirk. Documents also go on to say that if one person lost that much blood in one incident s/he would die within an hour without any medical attention.
Ordway was arrested at the scene for possessing a weapon as a felon, but would not tell investigators where the blood on the mattress came from.
Not long after his arrest, authorities realized Paul Atchley was missing. He had been staying with Ordway at Ordway's parents' house off Manning Lake Road in Barry County. Police said he had been sleeping there in the back of the pickup truck.
In November 2012, Ordway plead guilty to federal firearm charges.
Ordway will be sentenced on July 18 on the second degree murder charge, and his sentence will be at least 20 years, according to officials.
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