Trial date set for capital murder charge against Marion County man

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A trial date has been set for a Marion County man charged with 2 counts of capital murder in 2012.

33-year-old Thomas Ray Nichols, pictured right, is set to stand trial on July 7, for the deaths of Gerald and Rebecca Hutson on June 9, 2012.

Nichols was arrested along with Hutson's son Shawn Bradley Louge, pictured left, following a day long manhunt by Marion County authorities in June 2012.

Louge is suspected of murdering his parents with a twelve guage shotgun at the family residence at 105 County Line Road. Nichols who was at the scene claims he had no knowledge of Louge's intentions leading up to the murder. Both men were charged with two counts of capital murder in the days following the event.

According to 15th District Attorney Hal Kittrell, Louge filed for a psychiatric evaluation which would have him sent to the Mississippi State Mental Health Hospital at Whitfield. It could take up to a year before Louge could be admitted to the hospital making a trial date difficult to set.

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