By Aaron Becker
Authorities know the names of three males suspected to be involved in the “thrill killing” of more than 10 whitetail deer near Green Lake.
One of them — 18-year-old Cody T. Johnston of Green Lake — faces charges already, after an alleged high-speed chase that led to his capture. He also could face DNR violations specifically related to the alleged poaching. Read the previous coverage HERE.
Two friends of the defendant who allegedly were with him the night of his arrest were not yet charged this week. They apparently fled on foot.
They could face criminal as well as DNR violations, Green Lake County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Putzke indicated. Their names are being withheld until charges are filed.
Incidentally, one of those two others was convicted of DNR violations last fall in Winnebago County. He was fined $3,551 and had his hunting license revoked for four years.
DNR Warden Supervisor Andy Lundin said Warden Nate Ackerman continues to work this new case and has been in contact with the district attorney’s office.
“He is still in the process of reviewing the evidence that we have at this point and putting the case together,” Lundin said.
Lundin confirmed there has been no additional arrests at this time, but the original three suspects are under investigation.
“I expect that [charges and/or DNR violations\, at some point, will be forthcoming,” he said. “We’re still getting information; we’re still getting citizen tips.”
Meanwhile, the poaching incidents believed to be tied to this particular case have ended since authorities made the first arrest and identified the three suspects last week, Lundin said. It may take some time for the DNR to wrap up its investigation, however.
“The complexity of these cases sometimes end up taking a significant amount of time to put the entire case together to send over to the DA’s office,” Lundin said.