SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA - A Lodi woman who woke up on the morning of Jan. 16 to find a dead horse tied up and left in her driveway may be pleased to learn sheriff's detectives have made an arrest in the crime.
San Joaquin County agricultural crimes detectives arrested 27-year-old Robert Deleon Decker on Friday on two counts of illegal disposal of a carcass. He is also suspected of dumping a gelding on the side of a road in a vineyard in Galt that was discovered on April 2. That horse appeared to have been decomposing for a time.
Both dump sites were unincorporated areas of the county.
According to the sheriff's department, DNA taken from one of the horses was identified by the UC Davis Veterinary Forensics Laboratory and a match was found. That led to learning who owned the horse. From there, detectives gathered information to identify Decker as a suspect.
Decker was booked into San Joaquin County Jail.