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Teen arrested for setting deer on fire in Fulton County; second suspect remains at-large

Left: Christopher Hodges. Right: wanted suspect, Mark Shepard.

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with setting a deer on fire last month in Fulton County.

According to District 1 of Indiana Conservation Officers, Christopher Hodges, 18, of Mentone, was charged with torturing or mutilating an animal on Wednesday.

He is being accused of hitting the deer with a vehicle and then setting it on fire.

An arrest warrant has been issued for his alleged accomplice, Mark Shepard, 20.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned Hodges and Shepard were traveling on SR 25 in a red 1994 Camaro when they struck the deer. They allegedly turned around towards the deer, who was still alive and set it on fire after pouring gas on it.

Christopher Hodges is currently incarcerated in Fulton County Jail, as of March 29.