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Trial starts in ex-Oklahoma zookeeper's murder-for-hire plot

 

March 13, 2019



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection is underway for an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor who's charged in an attempted murder-for-hire plot.

Prospective jurors in the trial of Joseph Maldonado-Passage were questioned Tuesday in a federal court in Oklahoma City. Testimony is scheduled to start March 25.

Maldonado-Passage was indicted in September for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is also accused of killing five tigers in October 2017 and selling and offering to sell tiger cubs i...



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