Kevin Varga and Billy Galloway met in prison in South Dakota. Now it appears they'll die together in a Texas prison a day apart.
Varga was executed Wednesday evening for the 1998 robbery and slaying of an Army officer in Greenville, in north Texas, as part of a cross-country crime spree. Galloway, who is also 41, is scheduled to die 24 hours later for the same killing.
Prosecutors say Varga, Galloway and two women left Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 1, 1998, heading to Mexico.
Evidence showed the men used the women to lure David McCoy to a Wichita motel, where investigators say Galloway and Varga robbed and beat the man to death.
WPD Lt. Joe Schroeder remembers the case well.
"During our investigation, we learned their goal was to go on a cross country killing spree," Schroeder told KAKE News. Detectives and prosecutors referred to the spree as the "Natural Born Killers" case.
Schroeder said one of the suspects told authorities the group was inspired in part by the movie with the same name.
Schroeder says Varga and Galloway hit detectives' radar screens early in the investigation. Schroeder said the men were on parole, and South Dakota authorities began looking for them when they realized the two had left the state. Schroeder said Varga's name was on the guest roster at the same motel where McCoy was killed, and that McCoy's body was discovered in Galloway's abandoned car.
Detectives say the four then drove in a stolen car to metro Dallas where they robbed and killed 37-year-old David Logie of Fayetteville, N.C., after meeting him at a motel bar in Greenville.
The four fled in Logie's car and were arrested days later in San
Kansas prosecutors allowed Texas to pursue the case first because of that state's death penalty laws. The men would not have been eligible for the death penalty in Kansas.
Varga was executed at 6:00 Wednesday evening in Huntsville. His last meal request included deep-fried chicken.
Galloway is scheduled to die at the same time on Thursday night.