LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Thursday that charges have been filed against three Georgia men, and a warning issued to an Arkansas woman, in connection with a video showing a deer being beaten with a textbook.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Thursday that charges have been filed against three Georgia men, and a warning issued to an Arkansas woman, in connection with a video showing a deer being beaten with a textbook.


The agency said its investigation began after the Georgia Department of Natural Resources contacted it in late January about the video, which had surfaced on Facebook and was found to have been made in Arkansas.


Joshua Rewis, 20, of Villa Rica, Ga., told investigators that he and three other people were traveling on U.S. 165 near Stuttgart when their car struck the deer. They then pulled over and loaded the deer, which was alive, into the car and proceeded down the road.


Rewis said the deer later became active in the vehicle and that he then began hitting it with the textbook. After the deer began crying out, the men pulled over, dragged the deer into a ditch beside the highway and left it there, Rewis told investigators.


Rewis has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals and wasting wildlife. Cody Jones, 25, of Carrollton, Ga., and Travis Strickland, 25, of Winston, Ga., have been charged with criminal aiding and abetting.


Johnna Sigler, 19, of Stuttgart, who was driving the vehicle when it hit the deer, received a warning for aiding and abetting.