Hawkins County teen charged with spotlighting deer

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HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A Hawkins County teenager is facing multiple charges after police said he was spotlighting deer.
According to court documents, a wildlife officer arrested Christian Thomas Churchwell, 18, of Church Hill in Hancock County on December 17, 2017.
Three other people were also charged.
The officer said he found a spotlight and a rifle in the vehicle.
Two days later, the officer interviewed Churchwell where he admitted to killing three bucks and two does while spotlighting.
He also told officers he was present when three other deer were killed illegally by two other people.
Churchwell allowed investigators to search his phone, where court documents said several videos, pictures and messages regarding illegal hunting activity were found.
Officers charged Churchwell with 11 counts of spotlighting deer, 3 counts of unlawful hunting of big game, 2 counts of hunting game during closed season, 8 counts of hunting from a motor vehicle on a public road, 6 counts of illegal possession of big game, and 4 counts of taking over the limit. 

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