The killings unfolded when Kelsey joined Louis Hodges and another man in a car to go buy heroin. The pair gave $40 to Kelsey, who directed them where to drive, according to court records. Their destination wasn’t included in the records, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Kelsey ordered both men to get out of the car while pointing a pistol at them. He killed Hodges and struck the other man, who ran away from Kelsey, court records indicate. Kelsey then left in the car, which belonged to the surviving man’s family.
The subsequent shootings happened in the victims’ separate homes.
Investigators accuse Kelsey of killing Michael Miller, 60, in his home after the results of a ballistics investigation linked him to the crime scene. Court records indicate that the new murder charge stems from this shooting.
Miller’s roommate said she hadn’t seen Kelsey in four years but that she knew he was spiteful because she and Miller removed his trailer from their property, according to police.
Police said Kelsey blamed Miller and his roommate for him being homeless.
The third shooting killed Juan Garcia at his front door, officials said. Witnesses from inside the home said they heard someone tell Garcia, “I’ve got something for you” and then gunshots.
Police initially said the triple shootings were caused by a shortage in illegal drug supply due to the coronavirus pandemic. The court records, however, don’t mention the role of that shortage in the killing spree.