East Side Man Convicted of Lesser Charges in Double Murder Case

A local jury has come back with its verdict in the double murder trial of a Callaway man.

It took jurors almost five hours Wednesday to reach their decision in the trial of Thomas Couch.

He was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Daniel Fabris, and guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Fabris' 17-year-old girlfriend, Nicole Savageau.

Couch shot and killed the couple at his mobile home on the night of August 28 of last year.

Prosecutors say Couch ambushed the couple after a night of drinking at his Callaway mobile home, killing the couple with an illegally modified assault rifle.

The state was pushing for first degree murder, but jurors didn't see it that way. The victims' families were not pleased with the decision.

Even with the lesser conviction, prosecutors say Couch will serve at least 25 years in prison, and could get up to life. Sentencing is set for May 28.