LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Friends and family said they are devastated by the murder of a Louisville woman who was killed and then stuffed into a garbage can.
Louisville Metro Police Department detectives said Megan Hough, 34, suffered a “brutal” death before her boyfriend, Robert Hutchinson, 35, put her body into a trash can at a home in the 800 block of Cheri Way in Fairdale.
Hutchinson was in court Friday morning and pleaded not guilty. He told investigators after he walked into the home with Hough, he blacked out and woke up in a forest.
But he told his family members he did something wrong and was sorry.
Neighbors on Cheri Way recalled their horror when they heard the news.
"They called me and said don’t go out of the house, because she said they found somebody in a trash can,” neighbor Anna Klinard said.
Louis Blackburn told us she had been afraid to come outside before Hutchinson’s arrest.
“I didn’t know where he was at,” she said.
They were relieved Friday to hear Hutchinson was in custody. He’s charged with one count of murder, domestic violence, and tampering with physical evidence.
LMPD investigators said Hutchinson and Hough, left their place at the Brookview Apartments on Wednesday and headed to the home on Cheri Way where Hutchinson’s mother was staying with her boyfriend.
That’s where Hough’s mother’s boyfriend found her body.
According to the police report, officers arrived to find a back bedroom covered in blood and Hough’s body stuffed inside a trash can in the driveway.
The report reads the victim sustained, “brutal blunt force trauma” and says Hutchinson had injuries to his hands “consistent with striking something.”
“How can anybody do that?” Blackburn asked. “What’s this world coming to?”
Hough’s friends said her murder came as stunning news.
Wendell Adams, who became friends with her recently, said Hough had a son. That child’s father posted about Hough’s death, and that’s how Adams found out about her murder.
“It’s pretty terrible," Adams said. “Nobody deserves anything like that.”
Hough’s friends told WAVE 3 News they were fearful of Hutchinson and asked her to leave him, but for some reason she wouldn’t.
They said Hough had a big heart and great sense of humor.
“She had a real spunky personality," Adams remembered.
Her niece told WAVE 3 News she was a sweet person who always encouraged her.
“The family hopes for justice and that Hutchinson gets what he deserves,” Hough’s niece said.
Hough’s mother’s boyfriend, who owns the home and found the body, said he didn’t want to comment.
Hutchinson is being held on a $1 million cash bond.