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May 30, 2013 9:25 PM by Jim Hummel

Warren Gautreaux Convicted In Courville Murders

Warren Gautreaux (pictured) has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. He was accused of stabbing Youric and Mary Ann Courville to death in their Eunice home back in 2006. It didn't take too long to reach a verdict--only about six and a half hours. The jury came back into court twice Thursday to ask to explain the difference between first-degree murder and second-degree murder.

The verdict is news the Courville family has been waiting for ever since the gruesome murders.

"After seven long years, justice is finally served," said Susie Fontenot, the Courvilles' daughter. "Just knowing he committed that murder and seeing how evil he looks and to know what my mom and dad when through, it's hard.

Gautreaux maintained his innocence--even only hours before his conviction.

"If I get convicted, I'm not the one that did it," Gautreaux said while being walked into court.

But Gautreaux's attorney, Jarvis Claiborne, is planning an appeal.

There are also some pre-sentence motions that we can file in this case," Claiborne said, "and I'll be looking at the transcript to see if we can file some pre-sentence motions maybe to get some of the charges reduced or thrown out.

For now, the Courvilles and the court say it's justice served.

"He's locked up for good," Fontenot reflected. "Yes. Thank God."

Gautreaux will be sentenced on August 1. He faces a life sentence.

--Chris Welty



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