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Adults, juvenile facing slew of charges after pregnant deer found skinned in Franklin pool

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) recovered the dead body of a pregnant doe on Tuesday from a country club pool. The two above are charged in the case. (Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: The adults charged after the dead body of a pregnant doe was found skinned in a country club pool have been identified.

Samuel Perry Bland, 18, and Stephen Ross, 19, were identified by affidavits as the men responsible for the carcass that was found at the Temple Hills Country Club in May. A juvenile, who is not being identified, is also charged in the case.

Arrest warrants for Bland and Ross say they were traveling in a vehicle along Egypt Hollow Road when they spotted a white tailed doe just off the road. Bland is accused of maneuvering the vehicle so its headlights illuminated the doe. One of the passengers then shot the doe from the vehicle, the arrest warrants say.

Warrants then say the three suspects brought the illegally harvested deer to the Temple Hills Country Club where they climbed over a fence and dumped the dead deer in the pool. Damage to the country club is estimated at nearly $7,500.

TWRA's Barry Cross said it appears some of the meat from the deer was missing.

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Bland, Ross and the juvenile are charged with unting from a motor vehicle, shooting from / across public road, hunting big game in closed season, illegal possession / taking, spotlighting deer, aggravated criminal littering, criminal trespass and vandalism greater than $2,500.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) said two adults and one juvenile are facing a slew of charges after the dead body of a pregnant doe was found skinned in a country club pool.

All three are charged with hunting from a motor vehicle, shooting from / across public road, hunting big game in closed season, illegal possession / taking, spotlighting deer, aggravated criminal littering, criminal trespass and vandalism greater than $2,500.

Additionally, the adults are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

TWRA spokesman Barry Cross says officers responded to the Temple Hills Country Club around 9:20 on May 23. Employees at the club found the body in the pool then contacted police who in turn called in TWRA officers.

Cross says the body was of a pregnant, partially skinned doe which was placed in a garbage bag. It appears someone threw the bag over a fence, causing it to land in the filled pool. Cross says it appears some of the meat from the deer was missing but they are unable to tell if the deer was roadkill or was killed by a hunter.

Cross said the individuals were identified through tips.


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