MSU police charge men with Bully vandalism

Photo: MSU Police via Twitter

The Bully statue was found painted red the night of Sept. 8, 2018.

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 2:22 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2019 2:23 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Two men from Arkansas are accused of vandalizing the Bully statue on the Mississippi State University campus.

Mathes Tillinghast was booked into the Oktibbeha County jail on Dec. 22. His arrest led to the eventual arrest of the other suspect.


Mathes Tillinghast | Photo: Oktibbeha County Jail

Timothy Yeldell | Photo: Oktibbeha County Jail

Timothy Yeldell recently surrendered to local law enforcement.

Both are charged with felony malicious mischief.

The Bully statue was found painted red the night of Sept. 8, 2018.

It’s a popular photo opportunity for fans in The Junction and plays a role in the “Dawg Walk” before each home football game.

The specific reasoning behind the vandalism is unclear.

MSU Police Chief Vance Rice said Tillinghast is a student at Arkansas Tech University. 

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