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'Joe Exotic' pleads not guilty to killing endangered tigers

'Joe Exotic' pleads not guilty to killing endangered tigers
Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 20:14:49-05

A former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate and zookeeper known as Joe Exotic has pleaded not guilty to new charges.

Joe Maldonado-Passage was indicted for killing federally protected Tigers to make more room for bigger cats at his exotic animal park in Wynnewood. He appeared in a federal courtroom on Wednesday to enter a plea.

He’s already been arrested in an alleged murder-for-hire plot against a Florida woman who sued him for bad business practices and won a $1 million judgment. 

His next court date is set for January 8, 2019.

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