Suspect in Fulton County deer burning case in custody, second suspect sought

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Mark Shepherd (left) and Christopher Hodges (Photos supplied/Fulton County Sheriff's Dept.)

Officers with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department are asking for your help in tracking down the Mentone man wanted for lighting a deer on fire.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mark Shepherd, 20, charging him with a single count of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal – a level 6 felony.

It was back on Feb. 16 when Shepherd and Christopher Hodges, 18, also of Mentone, struck the deer while traveling on State Road 25 north of Rochester.

Upon further investigation, police learned Shepherd and Hodges were in a Camaro when they hit the deer. They turned around and went back to the deer, poured gasoline on the animal, then set it on fire. When deputies arrived, the deer will still alive and smoldering, police say.

Hodges also faces a felony charge of torturing or mutilating an animal. Hodges is already in custody.

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