A man accused of killing two workers at a Detroit-area discount store is returning to court for a hearing that could send him to trial on first-degree murder charges.
Joseph Orlando was fatally shot July 15 at a Family Dollar store in Dearborn. His store manager, Brenna Machus, disappeared the same night. Her body was later discovered in a wooded area less than2 miles away.
During the investigation, police had released a surveillance picture of the suspect in the store.
Now, a Dearborn judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send Lavere Bryant to trial in Wayne County court. The hearing starts Friday.
Bryant declared his innocence when he was charged. "I did not murder" the victims, he said at his arraignment in July.
Authorities have not disclosed a motive, although Bryant was fired from Family Dollar last spring.
Bryant is also a convicted sex offender and has been charged with never self-reporting after being released from prison two years ago.
Catch up on the case by reading these previous stories on it:
- Hearing for suspect in Family Dollar murders rescheduled
- PHOTOS: Dearborn Family Dollar store investigation
- Murder suspect to be arraigned in sex offender case
- Man faces multiple charges in Dearborn dollar store murder
- Body of Family Dollar manager found
- Raw video: Dearborn police at scene where body was found
- Police search underway in Family Dollar murder-abduction