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Man goes to prison for causing fatal Johnson County accident

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 16:49:38-05

FRANKLIN—A Martinsville man is going to prison for causing an accident that left a 37-year-old Franklin man dead.

Chad Kepner was killed last year on State Road 44, near Morgantown.

Wednesday, 43-year-old Earl Davis pleaded guilty to a charge of Causing Death When Operating While Intoxicated. He was sentenced to 1,280 days in prison and fined $18,000.

Investigators say the SUV driven by Davis crossed the center line on the state highway and hit the pickup driven by Kepner head on.

After the accident, Davis was taken to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for a blood draw. The tests showed amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system.