Convicted murderer sentenced to 2 life sentences

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

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A man who was convicted of shooting and killing two people in their sleep during a storm was sentenced to two life sentences Friday.

In February 2014, 53-year-old Giles McGhee of Independence was found guilty of the April 2012 murders of 36-year-old Temeka Muse and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Karum Smith.

Muse and Smith were found shot in Muse's home on April 5, 2013. Muse's daughter, who was at home when the murders occurred, testified that she heard a voice she identified as McGhee, followed by the sound of gunshots. The murders happened during a storm.

Muse's daughter testified that she hid in a closet and called 911.

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.

McGhee must serve his two life sentences without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

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