Charges against a Connersville couple who took in an injured deer are expected to be dropped Thursday.
Prosecutors in Decatur County have received the appropriate paperwork from the Department of Natural Resources and will file a motion to dismiss the charges.
DNR officials said Friday that they had asked prosecutors to drop the charges against Jeff and Jennifer Counceller. The couple took in a fawn named Dani in 2010 after finding the animal was injured.
Prosecutors have been waiting for paperwork from the DNR explaining the reason behind the request.
The couple said the deer would have died if they hadn’t taken it in and nursed it back to health. They believe a coyote had badly injured the fawn, and feared Dani would die without help.
A conservation officer told them it is illegal to possesses a wild animal without a permit and that the best option would be to abandon the fawn and leave it in a wooded area.
After they were still found to have the deer without a DNR permit, the case was turned over to prosecutors. A grassroots movement built on Facebook in support of the couple. Some even called for Gov. Mike Pence to step in.