Man's trial starts in Michigan dismemberment case

August 13, 2014 - 5:04 PM
Dismembered Bodies River

FILE- In an Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, Roger Bowling, right, is escorted into a courtroom by police and detectives for a preliminary examination at the 24th District Court in Allen Park, Mich. Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of Bowling is charged with killing a couple and dumping their body parts in the Detroit River. Bowling is charged in the deaths of 32-year-old Danielle Greenway and 42-year-old Chris Hall, who were killed in 2012 at their home in Allen Park. Trial is starting Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, with jury selection in Wayne County court. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Daniel Mears_File)

DETROIT (AP) — The trial has started for a man accused of killing a Detroit-area couple and dumping their body parts into the Detroit River.

Roger Bowling is charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 slayings of 32-year-old Danielle Greenway and 42-year-old Chris Hall at their home in Allen Park.

Opening statements were Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. The jury was selected Tuesday.

Authorities found the bodies of Greenway and Hall floating in the Detroit River and an adjoining canal on July 17, 2012.

Authorities say Bowling knew Greenway from a previous relationship and had been living with her and Hall for about a month before the killings. Police say the victims were shot and dismembered.