Federal charges dropped against man who ran over deer

Friday, April 23, 2010 | 10:16 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Charges have been dropped against an Illinois man who recorded and sold a video featuring him running over deer with his pickup truck.

Jarrod Hayn was accused in St. Louis federal court of two felony charges for possession and sale of "depictions of animal cruelty" for commercial purposes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday forced prosecutors in Missouri to drop the charges. The court ruled that a law forbidding possession and sales of a dogfighting video was unconstitutional.

Hayn, 38, of Kampsville, Ill., has boasted that he had killed hundreds of deer in his reinforced 1985 Dodge Ram pickup. His attorney says people are taking the video "Deer Commander: Sudden Impact" out of context.


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