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One arrested, warrant issued for second after burned deer found near Rochester

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mark D. Shepherd, 20, also of Mentone. // Photo provided

One man has been arrested and a warrant was issued for a second in the case of a deer found in February that had been set on fire while it was still alive.

On Wednesday, Christopher K. Hodges, 18, of Mentone was arrested on a count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, which is a felony, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said in a release. An arrest warrant was issued for Mark D. Shepherd, 20, also of Mentone charging him with the same crime. As of Wednesday evening, Shepherd was not in custody.

The sheriff's department said they were called to the scene of an injured deer on State Road 25 near County Road 400 North near Rochester on Feb. 16. There, they found a deer still alive on the road that appeared to have been hit by a vehicle and then set on fire, the release said. The deer was still smoldering when investigators arrived.

The sheriff's department believe Hodges and Shepherd were driving on State Road 25 on Feb. 16 in a red 1994 Camaro when they struck the deer, the release said. Investigators believe they turned around and went back to the deer, found it alive, poured gas on it and set it on fire. A passerby saw the deer and contacted law enforcement.

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