Acquittal in Hoquiam dead weasel assault
A jury acquitted a Hoquiam man who was accused of breaking into a home and throwing a dead mink at another man during a confrontation that made weasel headlines across the country.
MONTESANO, Grays Harbor County — A jury acquitted a Hoquiam man who was accused of breaking into a home and throwing a dead mink at another man during a confrontation that made weasel headlines across the country.
Defense lawyer Chris Crew said Monday the Grays Harbor County jury found 33-year-old Jobie J. Watkins of Hoquiam not guilty of burglary.
Crew said witnesses provided inconsistent accounts and the "prosecution failed to prove a link to the mink."
Watkins was accused of attacking his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend on June 6 in Hoquiam.
The victim said that a man burst into his apartment. When the victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" police said the attacker said, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.
Neither man was right. Authorities say the carcass was a mink.
The Daily World of Aberdeen reports court records say Watkins admitted finding the dead mink along the road, but never explained why he carried the carcass.
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