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Deputy, 2 others arrested after Jennings Co. fights

JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – A Jennings County deputy and two other men were arrested Wednesday in connection to a fight near Butlerville last year.

Indiana State Police say the investigation began on Aug. 8, 2015 when authorities were asked to investigate an apparent battery that happened at the Butlerville Grocery Store. It happened during a memorial motorcycle ride.

The victim, identified by police as Jason Earl, said he was battered by 26-year-old Cody Low, a Jennings County deputy, Low’s father-in-law, 43-year-old Jeffery Royse and 26-year-old Jeremy Littrell.

After investigating, police determined Royse apparently became angry at Earl for urinating in front of Royse’s wife. Police say Royse then reportedly battered Earl.

A short time later, police say Low and Littrell apparently heard about the earlier incident, confronted Earl and battered him.

According to police, Earl is said to have suffered injuries in both altercations.

Because Low is a deputy, the case was turned over to a special prosecutor. Charges were then filed against Low, Royse, and Littrell. All three turned themselves in after the warrants were issued.

Police say Low was arrested on a warrant for battery and public intoxication. Royse was arrested on a warrant for battery with bodily injury. Littrell was arrested on a warrant for strangulation and public intoxication. Police say Earl was also cited for public intoxication and will be forced to appear in court on that charge.

Low, Royse, and Littrell bonded out of the Jennings County Jail and will soon appear in court.