- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - A key hearing is scheduled for a paroled ex-convict accused of rape, torture and murder in the deaths of a Michigan couple.

Court records list a preliminary exam Friday to determine whether there’s enough evidence for Manuel Gamez of Port Huron to stand trial.

The hearing earlier was delayed after a lawyer for Gamez requested a mental exam. In December, a judge ruled that Gamez was competent for trial.

Gamez was charged with two open counts of murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Open murder charge means a defendant faces either a first- or a second-degree murder charge.

Officers found the bodies of 29-year-old Daniel McRoberts and 26-year-old Melissa Ichenberg on July 30 at the Gratiot Village apartments. Gamez was arrested Aug. 1.

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