Idaho man suspected of monkey killing to be moved
Published - Nov 20 2012 02:56PM EST
JOHN MILLER, Associated Press
(The Associated Press)
This booking photo provided by Boise Police Department shows Michael J. Watkins on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Police in Idaho say Watkins, 22, is facing felony burglary and grand theft charges after the death of a monkey at the Boise zoo. The patas monkey was found dead of blunt force trauma to the head and neck early Saturday morning, shortly after a zoo security guard frightened away two male intruders. (AP Photo/Boise Police Department)
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.
There apparently was no motive for killing the monkey, just the blind rage of Watkins.
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.