Jury selection continues in double murder trial involving victims shot in their sleep

Giles McGhee (Source: Hammond Police Department)
Giles McGhee (Source: Hammond Police Department)

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - Jury selection has continued in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing two people in their sleep as storms roared outside.

The process began Monday in the double murder trial of Giles McGhee, 53, of Independence. Once a jury is seated, attorneys from both sides will give their opening statements.

McGhee faces two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Temeka Muse, 27, and her boyfriend, Karum Smith, 39. They were found dead in Muse's home in Hammond on April 5, 2012 by her daughter.

The Hammond Police Department said the victims were shot to death while they were sleeping.

Neighbors said McGhee was Muse's ex-boyfriend and possibly got into the house with a key. They added they did not hear any gunshots and believe the pair may have been shot as storms passed through the area the night before.

McGhee was later arrested in Baton Rouge while driving Muse's car.

Judge Bruce Bennett will preside over the trial. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Johnson is prosecuting the case.

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