LOGAN, W.Va. -- A Logan County judge had ordered police to arrest a man one week before he allegedly broke into two homes and killed two men.
John Edward Dempsey broke into the Logan home of Grover Ray Morrison, 88, and killed the elderly man sometime before Tuesday, the West Virginia State Police said.
Then on Thursday, authorities said, they discovered that Dempsey had broken into the home of Freddy Williams, 57, in Lyburn, and stabbed the man to death.
Troopers later shot and killed Dempsey.
Dempsey, 37, pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 to one count of burglary in Logan County Circuit Court. He was freed on a $10,000 bail while awaiting a Jan. 30 sentencing.
After being released, Dempsey failed a required drug screening by testing positive for morphine. Logan Circuit Judge Eric H. O'Briant issued a warrant for Dempsey's arrest on Jan. 3.
Nearby authorities were told to be on the lookout for Dempsey and arrest him if they came into contact with him, according to the warrant. Police weren't actively looking for Dempsey until they suspected him in connection to Morrison's slaying.
Relatives called police Tuesday when they went to Morrison's home along Stratton Street in Logan and found him dead. Police said Dempsey tied up the elderly man before killing him. Morrison's car was taken from his home and later found in the Man area.
Sometime before Thursday, State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said, Dempsey broke into Williams' home along Taplin Court in Lyburn and stabbed Williams to death,
Detectives are piecing together a timeline to determine how long Dempsey was hiding out inside William's house. They aren't sure if Williams was killed on or before Thursday, Baylous said.