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N. Charleston man accused of vandalizing church, leaving dead squirrel in mailbox

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A North Charleston man is behind bars, accused of vandalizing a Dorchester County church at least two times, and leaving a dead squirrel in the church’s mailbox.

The suspect, 19-year-old Ashton Taylor Clayton is charged with malicious injury to a place of worship.

According to two incident reports from the Dorchester County Sheriff''s Office, Peace Lutheran Church on Dorchester Road was broken into on May 20 and June 28.

The May 20 report states a church employee saw a man behind the church destroying a statue of St. Francis. The employee told deputies the man took part of the broken statue to a wooded area near the church.

Investigators say on June 28 , someone vandalized the church’s garden, threw eggs on the front door and left the squirrel in the mailbox with a note that said, “The squirrel is about as alive as your beloved Christ. Hail Satan! Hail Odin! Hail Anarchy!"

Deputies say the note also contained drawings of a pentagram, an anarchy sign.

The report states the note was addressed to the pastor and stated it was from “Count Grishock.”

An investigator who researched the name on the internet said it is the stage name of a black metal artist who was convicted of murder and the arson of three churches.

The sheriff’s office says Clayton was arrested after acting on a tip.

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