November 20, 2012 in Nation/World

Idaho man suspected of monkey killing to be moved

John Millerrebecca Boone Associated Press
 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 22-year-old man suspected of killing a monkey at the Boise zoo is scheduled to be moved to a jail in Idaho’s capital.

The Ada County Sheriff’s department said Tuesday that Michael J. Watkins would be moved from the Washington County jail in Weiser where he’s been held since Monday afternoon to the Ada County jail in Boise.

Watkins faces an arraignment hearing Wednesday in 4th District Court.

The patas monkey died early Saturday of blunt force trauma.

Authorities say they’ll charge Watkins with a pair of felonies: burglary, for allegedly breaking into Zoo Boise, and grand theft, for taking and killing the monkey.

Police don’t plan to charge a second man who was with Watkins, but apparently never entered the zoo.

A citizen’s tip led to Watkins’ arrest.

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