Ponca City, OK

Now: 93 °F

Currently: Fair

Hi: 93 °F | Lo: 71 °F

Monday

Hi: 85 °F 

Lo: 63 °F

Tuesday

Hi: 84 °F 

Lo: 59 °F

Wednesday

Hi: 85 °F 

Lo: 63 °F

Thursday

Hi: 88 °F 

Lo: 66 °F

Friday

Hi: 90 °F 

Lo: 68 °F

Animal rights attorney testifies for ‘Joe Exotic’ defense

The Associated Press - March 31, 2019 9:03 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An attorney for the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was the first defense witness for a former Oklahoma zookeeper and gubernatorial candidate accused of trying to arrange the killing of a critic who ran an animal sanctuary in Florida.
PETA attorney Brittany Peet testified Friday in the murder-for-hire trial of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who is also known as “Joe Exotic.” Peet said Maldonado-Passage told her that he wanted out of the industry and to become a bartender in Central America, as the defense seeks to show he was never serious about trying to arrange the death of Carole Baskin.
Prosecutors say Maldonado-Passage offered $10,000 to an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin, who had criticized Maldonado-Passage’s treatment of animals. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted. The trial is to resume Monday.

 

Latest Stories

Federal jury clears Oklahoma deputy in fatal shooting

(Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com) TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A federal jury has cleared a Mayes...

Inmate escapes Oklahoma prison, may have left in vehicle

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate at the minimum-security Jackie...

Protest decries plan to detain children at Oklahoma base

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) – More than 100 demonstrators are protesting in withering heat outside of an...