Hullihen double homicide case bound over for trial in Osceola County

REED CITY — The double homicide case against a Harrison man was bound over to circuit court on Thursday after his father testified against him.

Blake Hullihen, 26, appeared on Thursday in Osceola County’s 77th District Court for the conclusion of a preliminary examination that began on May 10. He faces two open homicide charges for the shooting deaths of Gabrielle Woodworth and her boyfriend, Donald C. Feneis, who were killed Dec. 7 at a Marion gas station, and to counts of felony use of firearms.

Hullihen’s father, William Daniel Hullihen, took the stand to testify about his encounter with his son the night of the shootings. William was scheduled to testify on May 10, but he and his wife, Regina, were arrested the night before the hearing on charges of kidnapping Blake’s daughter from her maternal grandparents.

William Hullihen described his son as being “depressed for a long time” before the shootings, mainly because he was in an ongoing custody battle with Woodworth.

Prior to his arrival at the Marion gas station that night, Blake was with his parents and his daughter, William said. He was supposed to meet Woodworth for a custody exchange, but left his parents’ house without warning and without his daughter.

Custody exchanges were stressful for Blake, and he often carried a gun or asked someone else to come with him, William said.

“Every time he had went for the exchange, he was always threatened,” William said. “I’d witnessed him being threatened by (Feneis and his father).”

When Blake returned to his parents’ house on the night of the shootings, he was in a state of shock, but gave his gun to his father and told him what had happened.

“He didn’t really say any names, but he said something about shooting them. I asked him what he meant, like had he shot his gun in the air, and he said, ‘No, I shot them,’” William said. “He had said something about the boyfriend coming at him and that he wanted to kill him.”

William put Blake into his car and took him to Clare County Sheriff John Wilson’s home, where he was arrested by deputies.

Judge Susan Grant bound the case over for trial, but a trial date has not yet been scheduled. Hullihen remains in Osceola County Jail without bond.