A paroled ex-convict has been charged with rape, torture and murder in the deaths of a couple at an apartment complex.
Manuel F. Gamez, 31, of Port Huron, was arraigned Tuesday on two open counts of murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Port Huron police said in a statement.
Open murder charge means a defendant faces either a first- or a second-degree murder charge.
Officers found the bodies of Daniel McRoberts, 29, and Melissa Ichenberg, 26, on July 30 at the Gratiot Village apartments, police said.
Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Keyes called the killings "brutal and sadistic."
McRoberts was stabbed more than 50 times, Keyes said, while Ichenberg was strangled.
Gamez is "certainly a threat to this community and, quite frankly, any community," Keyes said.
A judge ordered Gamez held without bail. His preliminary examination is Aug. 20.
Police said they didn't don't know if he had a lawyer.
Gamez was convicted of home invasion and sentenced in 2006 to serve up to 15 years in prison, the Times Herald reported. It said he was freed on parole in December 2010.
In the previous case, Gamez broke into a Port Huron home in the middle of the night and tried to strangle and suffocate a woman with a pillow, Keyes said. She said the woman managed to escape.
Port Huron police are asking anyone with information about the deaths to call investigators at 810-984-9711 or 810-987-6688.