REED CITY — More than a year after two people were shot and killed outside a Marion gas station, a trial will begin on Tuesday for their accused killer.

Harrison resident Blake Hullihen, 27, is charged with two counts of open homicide for the shooting deaths of Gabrielle Woodworth, and her boyfriend, Donald C. Feneis. He also is charged with two counts of felony firearm possession.

Hullihen last appeared in court in June, when his father, William Hullihen, testified against him in a preliminary examination.

During the hearing, William said Blake was supposed to meet Woodworth for a custody exchange at the Marion gas station on Dec. 7, 2011, after spending the day with his daughter at his parents’ house. Blake left without notice when he went to meet Woodworth, leaving his daughter with his parents, William said.

Blake met Woodworth and Feneis outside Chuck’s Corners Citgo Convenience Store in Marion, and allegedly shot them in the parking lot, according to police.

When Blake returned to his parents’ house, he told his father he had shot the couple. William took Blake to the home of Clare County Sheriff John Wilson, who is a friend of the family. Blake was arrested by Clare County Sheriff’s deputies that night and later transported back to Osceola County.

According to court records obtained by the Pioneer from Clare County’s 55th Circuit Court, Blake Hullihen and Woodworth attended a family court hearing on Nov. 22, 2011, during which Hullihen attempted to gain more parenting time with his daughter. Primary custody was ultimately granted to Woodworth.

Court proceedings begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court.