Hullihen trial proceeds Wednesday with opening statements

Blake Hullihen
Blake Hullihen

REED CITY -- After a day-long jury selection on Tuesday, court proceedings will begin Wednesday for a Harrison man accused in a 2011 double homicide case.

Six women and eight men were seated on the jury to decide the verdict for 27-year-old Blake Hullihen, who is charged with two counts of open murder for the shooting deaths of Gabrielle Woodworth, and her boyfriend, Donald C. Feneis. He also is charged with two counts of felony firearm possession.

Questions for prospective jurors regarding their views on reasonable doubt, self defense and how much force is too much when defending oneself were posed by Osceola County Assistant Andy LePres and Hullihen's attorney, Dennis DuVall.

On the night Woodworth and Feneis were killed, Blake Hullihen and Woodworth were supposed to meet for a custody exchange of their daughter. Hullihen allegedly shot Woodworth and Feneis outside Chuck’s Corners Citgo Convenience Store in Marion, according to testimony given by Blake's father, William Hullihen in a preliminary examination in June.

At that hearing, William testified that Blake often carried a gun to the exchanges because "he was always threatened." William is on the prosecution's list of potential witnesses.

Proceedings are set to continue Wednesday, beginning with opening statements at 9 a.m. in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.