Ponca City, OK

Now: 26 °F

Currently: Cloudy

Hi: 26 °F | Lo: 25 °F

Thursday

Hi: 52 °F 

Lo: 35 °F

Friday

Hi: 48 °F 

Lo: 43 °F

Saturday

Hi: 51 °F 

Lo: 26 °F

Sunday

Hi: 50 °F 

Lo: 30 °F

Monday

Hi: 55 °F 

Lo: 35 °F

‘Joe Exotic’s’ murder-for-hire trial postponed

The Associated Press - January 8, 2019 3:56 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The attempted murder-for-hire trial of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time Libertarian candidate for governor has been postponed.

Court documents filed Dec. 21 show a federal judge agreed to a defense request for more time to prepare and rescheduled the trial of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by “Joe Exotic,” until March 12. Maldonado-Passage is charged with trying to hire someone to kill the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary.

He pleaded not guilty and has a pending motion to dismiss the charge.

Maldonado-Passage also faces charges of killing tigers and selling cubs in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

Maldonado-Passage once operated a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and ran unsuccessfully for the Libertarian nomination for Oklahoma governor last year.

 

Latest Stories

National Safety Council to employers: Address employee fatigue immediately

ITASCA, Ill. – According to National Safety Council research, 90 percent of America’s employers have been...

Trooper describes ‘terrifying’ rescue of three children

By Corey Jones/Tulsa World Handing off two toddlers to other emergency responders after he cut them...

Oklahoma agriculture board approves poultry farm proposals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has approved setback proposals for new or...