Two dead in suspected murder-suicide
by Jon Gillooly
February 07, 2011 12:00 AM | 11335 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ACWORTH - Police believe a mother killed her adult son before ending her own life in an apparent murder suicide just after midnight on Sunday.

Acworth Police Chief Mike Wilkie said after receiving a call from a neighbor who reported hearing noises and a possible fire at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police and firefighters arrived to find the next door home at 4223 North Bend Way in Acworth off Acworth Due West Rd. on fire.

When Cobb firefighters entered the home they found Dianne Hutcheson, 64, and her son Shawn Hutcheson, 42, dead from apparent gunshots.

"It's a pretty cut and dry case of murder-suicide," Wilkie said.

Police say the son, who lives in Colorado, was visiting his mother in Acworth.

Dianne Hutcheson was separated from her husband, Timothy Hutcheson, but police immediately ruled out the husband as a suspect after interviewing him at his Marietta home.

Wilkie believes Dianne Hutcheson shot her son before setting her house on fire and killing herself. The medical examiner may release a toxicology report at a later date, he said.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact police at (770) 974-3111.
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Amazing Chief
February 10, 2011
I am surprised Chief Wilkie, didnt mention that he got that training from the National Police Academy...This guys is amazing to say what he said.."Its a pretty cut and dry case murder-suicide." How about letting the investigation get are one of the most arrogant people I have ever meet..
freind of late Shawn
December 26, 2011
to who wrote this non- sense comments. Chief Wilkie of Aworth Police Dep't , GA. his experinces for about 30 years on froce and fromerly Military Police. his one of fine officers who had great detial into case of late Shawn. One of deaf pastor and I were last person seen Shawn in person two days before this horroable Murder by his Mother, destory fire try to cover up . But..... YOU dont know other half story or seen prove that Police had inderview me and other witness . YOU need learn to stop accused this fine Police Cheif,,, He knows about more than you think !

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