Man charged in I-70 deaths to appear in court

Earl Hutcherson will appear in Boone County Court Monday.

A St. Louis man charged in two deaths on I-70 in 2011 is scheduled to appear in Boone County Court on Monday.

Earl Hutcherson allgedly struck and killed two men in July 2011 on I-70 between the Highway 63 and Lake of the Woods exits.

72-year-old Edward Taggart, of Prairie Home, and 73-year-old Gilbert Love, 73, were traveling eastbound in separate vehicles when one of their vehicles ran out of gas.

Hutcherson allegedly struck the two men and their vehicles as they were using a gas can in the shoulder of the highway.

Love died at the scene, and Taggart died later at University Hospital.

Hutcherson told police that he was using his cell phone just before the accident happened.

Hutcherson's trial is scheduled to begin June 26.