Prosecutor: Theft was motive in monkey killing

Prosecutor: Theft was motive in monkey killing

Prosecutor: Theft was motive in monkey killing

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 12:17 PM

BOISE, Idaho -- Prosecutors say the man accused of killing a monkey at Zoo Boise hoped to steal the animal, but he was bitten and then he clubbed it to death with a tree branch.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Fafa Alidjani said Wednesday that Michael J. Watkins entered the zoo Saturday morning, manipulated a lock to get into the primate enclosure and removed the patas monkey by wrapping it in his jacket.

Fourth District Judge Michael Oths denied a request from Watkins' public defender to reduce bail from $150,000 to $10,000.

Alidjani argued bail shouldn't be reduced because Watkins has a history of arrests from drugs and drunken driving, and probation violations.

Police have said they don't expect others to be charged, but Watkins' public defender, Gary Reedy, told the judge at least one individual entered the zoo with Watkins.

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