July 7, 2002: About 4 a.m., Allen twice shot a homeless man, James White, who was sleeping on a bench in Finlay Park, Deputy 5th Circuit Solicitor John Meadors said.
July 10, 2002: Allen killed Dale Evonne Hall, 45. Hall was shot in the head, face, leg and stomach with a sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun. Afterward, he drove to a truck stop, bought a can of gasoline and returned to Oakway Drive off Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland to douse Hall’s body and set it on fire.
Aug. 8, 2002: After a confrontation about 10 p.m. with Texas Roadhouse employee Brian Marquis, Allen fatally shot Marquis’ friend Jedediah Harr, 22, in Harr’s car. At 10:15 p.m., Allen pursued Marquis to a convenience store and later drove to his home, where Allen set fire to the porch.
Aug. 9, 2002: About 2 a.m., Allen set fire to the car of another Texas Roadhouse worker on Parklane Road. A few minutes later, Allen randomly selected another car to set afire on Longbrook Road.
Aug. 12, 2002: Allen fatally shot Richard Hawks, 53, of Lowgap, N.C., and Robert Shane Roush, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, at a Citgo gasoline station in Dobson, N.C.
Aug. 14, 2002: At about 6:30 a.m., Allen was apprehended in Mitchell County, Texas. Allen was sleeping in a vehicle at a rest area.
Feb. 20, 2004: Allen pleaded guilty to the N.C. killings. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
Feb. 28, 2005: Allen pleaded guilty to the S.C. killings.