GA man charged with vehicular homicide, DUI after passenger decapitated by wire

Published: Aug. 30, 2004 at 5:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2004 at 1:38 PM EDT
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(Marietta, Georgia-AP) Aug. 30, 2004 - A Marietta man accused of decapitating a passenger in his truck made a first court appearance on Monday in court in Cobb County.

Police say 21-year-old John Kemper Hutcherson was drunk when he drove off the road and hit the support wire of a telephone pole, decapitating his friend, Francis Daniel Brohm.

Investigators say Hutcherson then continued to drive 12 miles home and slept in his blood-spattered clothes, leaving the headless body in his truck overnight.

A neighbor out on a stroll with his baby daughter around 8:00am Sunday discovered Brohm's body inside the parked truck and called police. Hutcherson is been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

Police say the two men, who were friends since high school, were hanging out at a bar Saturday night and left after Brohm said he felt sick. The crash happened about a mile and a half from the bar.

Officers later found Brohm's severed head at the crash site. He apparently had been leaning out the window when Hutcherson hit the wire.

One police spokesman say it's hard to imagine driving all that way without realizing what happened to the person next to you.

posted 12:59pm by Chris Rees