Man accused of Port Huron slayings on trial

A paroled ex-convict accused of rape, torture and murder in the deaths of a Michigan couple is facing trial.

A jury was selected Tuesday for the trial of Manuel Gamez. Testimony is to start Wednesday and run at least this week.

The Port Huron man is charged with two open counts of first-degree murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment to defense lawyer Edward Marshall.

Officers found the bodies of 29-year-old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year-old Melissa Ichenberg on July 30, 2013, at Gratiot Village apartments. Authorities say McRoberts was stabbed more than 50 times and Ichenberg was strangled.

A candlelight vigil for McRoberts and Ichenberg is Wednesday night.