Giles McGhee found guilty on two counts of murder

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

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A jury found a man accused of shooting and killing two people in their sleep as storms roared outside, guilty on two counts of first degree murder.

The process began Monday in the double murder trial of Giles McGhee, 53, of Independence.

McGhee was found guilty 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.

In this case, the death penalty was not pursued. A sentencing hearing is set for March 12, 2014.

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