STUTTGART, AR (KAIT) - Three out-of-state men face charges following the investigation of a beaten deer captured on camera.
The investigation began when the Georgia Department of Natural Resources contacted the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Jan. 28 about the video that was on Facebook.
An investigation revealed the video was made in Arkansas and shows "Joshua Rewis, 20, of Villa Rica, GA, striking a deer with a heavy textbook in the back of a vehicle," the AGFC news release stated Thursday.
Officers were told by Rewis the deer was hit on U.S. Highway 165 near Stuttgart.
In addition, Rewis told the AGFC that he, Cody Jones, 25, of Carrollton, GA, and Travis Strickland, 25, of Winston, GA, were traveling in a car driven by Johnna Sigler, 19, of Stuttgart, AR, when the deer was hit.
The men pulled over and the deer was reportedly loaded into the car after it was hit.
The group drove on and when the animal "became active" in the car Rewis "began striking the deer with the book," according to AGFC. Once again the men pulled over after the deer cried out.
It was dragged to a ditch along the highway and left.
Rewis told officers he planned to tag and clean the deer. However, the man never contacted the AGFC about the deer so it could be put down humanely. The Arkansas County Sheriff's Office also was not contacted about the car accident.
Rewis was charged with misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals along with a charge of wasting wildlife. Bond for each charge is $1,140 and $2,640, respectively.
Jones and Strickland have been charged with criminal aiding and abetting with a bond of $370 each, according to the AGFC.
Sigler was issued a warning citation for aiding and abetting.
"These officers did an excellent job on this high profile case. They turned this investigation around in about a week and now these individuals have to pay the consequences of this horrendous incident," Col. Todd Callaway, AGFC Chief of Enforcement said about the wildlife officers as part of the release.
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