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Family says Thomas Nichols is innocent; devastated by charges

The family of a Marion County man charged with two counts of capital murder says he's innocent.

Thomas Nichols was picked up in Pike County along with Shawn Bradley Louge following an all day manhunt on June 6, after the bodies of Louge's parents, Gerald and Rebecca Hutson, were found dead in their North County Line Rd. home earlier that morning.

Louge and Nichols preliminary hearings were originally scheduled for June 14, but have been rescheduled to July 26 after Louge's attorney requested a continuance.

Nichols' younger brother and former Columbia patrolman, Jason Nichols, says it's a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. According to Jason, "Thomas doesn't have a killer's instincts. Everyone's assuming he had a hand in killing these people, but he had no idea what was going on or what would happen."

At the time of his arrest, Nichols was currently on probation for the robbery of an empty home.

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