OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and candidate for governor already accused in a murder-for-hire plot has been indicted on 19 new counts accusing him of killing tigers and promoting tiger cubs.
A federal grand jury unsealed the costs Wednesday towards 55-year-old Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who’s generally known as “Joe Unique” and previously operated a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Maldonado-Passage ran unsuccessfully for Oklahoma governor this yr.
Maldonado-Passage was indicted in September for allegedly attempting to rent somebody to kill the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary. He is pleaded not responsible.
The brand new fees accuse him of killing 5 tigers in October 2017 and promoting and providing to promote tiger cubs in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
His lawyer, William P. Earley, did not instantly return a name searching for remark.