DELTON, Mich. (WOOD) - The older brother of a man charged with murder a year and a half after the disappearance of his alleged victim says he's glad that his brother is being brought to justice.
Harold Ordway was charged Tuesday with open murder. Barry County prosecutors allege he shot and killed 53-year-old Paul Atchley in September 2011.
"I totally believe that he did it," said Joe Ordway, Harold's older brother. "I was joyous because I believe it's just-- The right decision was made."
Joe said he and Harold did not get along.
"He was the most uncoordinated and ungifted individual of all of us," Joe Ordway said.
The stance Joe Ordway has taken on the case has caused a rift between he and his parents, who believe that Ordway is innocent. The parents told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday that Harold is "loving" and that he would not hurt anyone.
Ordway has also been linked to the death of Michael VanBuskirk, a father of three whose body was found in late 2011 in a Kalamazoo County field and identified in early 2012.
Ordway has been in federal custody since he was involved in a minor crash in Allegan County on Sept. 2, 2011 and was arrested after police found a gun and a blood-soaked mattress in his possession at the scene.
Federal authorities have said that they believe the blood on the mattress belonged to Paul Atchley, court records show. They compared the DNA found in the blood with a sample taken from a hat they say Atchley was known to wear and the two allegedly matched.
Atchley has not been found.
Atchley lived outside of the home where Ordway lived with his parents. He was known to have slept on a mattress in the bed of Ordway's pickup truck which was parked in a carport. VanBuskirk had been a roommate of Ordway's at a home in Battle Creek.
Ordway says his concern is not for his brother but instead for the families of the men he is suspected of killing.
"Those children don't have a daddy," Joe Ordway said. "I can't imagine that. I can't imagine what my kids would go through if I wasn't here."
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