Last month gruesome reports of entailing the roadside burning of a live deer surfaced, sparking outrage across the nation. With only a vehicle description, police investigated the incident with vigor and announced yesterday that they have made an arrest in the case.
Authorities arrested 18-year-old Christopher Hodges of Mentone, Indiana in connection with the brutal case of animal cruelty. Now sitting in Fulton County Jail, the 18-year-old faces a level 6 felony count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.
Police also issued an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Mark Shepherd, also of Mentone, whom police believe acted with Hodges in the heinous incident. He too is charged with the level 6 felony charge but remains at large.
The joint operation between the Fulton Count Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources uncovered that the two men had been driving down Ind. 25 in a red 1994 Chevrolet Camaro when they struck a deer. Police stated that the men turned the vehicle around, located the still-alive deer and proceeded to douse the animal in gasoline before setting it on fire.