Jury Finds Oklahoma’s ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Guilty On All Charges

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — A federal jury has found Oklahoma’s ‘tiger king’ guilty of twice trying to hire someone to commit murder.

56-year-old Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as “Joe Exotic,” was indicted in September on two counts of murder-for-hire and later charged with more than a dozen wildlife charges.

The alleged intended target was Carole Baskin, a chief critic of Maldonado-Passage.

Baskin successfully sued Maldonado-Passage in 2011 for trademark infringement. A 2013 judgment ordered the former Greater Wynnewood Animal Park owner to pay $1 million.

During cross arguments Tuesday, the government pointed to secretly recorded conversations between Maldonado-Passage, an informant, and an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman. Maldonado-Passage is heard in one, talking about Baskin’s usual day-to-day locations she would frequent.

However, the defense has long claimed their client was framed. They say he was all talk and had no intentions of wanting Baskin dead.

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