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WA Man Acquitted of Dead Weasel Assault Charges

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on December 09, 2011 5:46 AM

Washington man Jobie J. Watkins has been acquitted of charges stemming from an alleged dead weasel assault last June.

Watkins was charged with burglary after busting into another man's apartment, looking for his ex-girlfriend. Oh, and he was holding a dead weasel.

Authorities are still perplexed as to why he was holding a dead weasel. The defense and jury might have been too. Defense attorney Chris Crew said that the "prosecution failed to prove a link to the mink."

How exactly could they have proven a link to the mink? The whole incident was rather bizarre.

It's not often that someone barges into someone's apartment wielding an animal carcass. It's so surprising that the victim in the case reportedly asked Watkins why he was carrying a dead weasel in the first place.

Watkins' response: "It's not a weasel, it's a marten." Martens are small weasel-like mammals.

So, maybe the acquittal was appropriate.

Burglary is the crime of breaking and entering a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime inside. Watkins did break into the home.

But, did he enter with the intent to commit a crime? Maybe all he really wanted to do was find his ex, which isn't exactly against the law. And, it's not exactly a crime to brandish a dead weasel in one hand. It might be unsanitary or strange, but unless it's violating a statute in the penal code it's still lawful.

Jobie J. Watkins may be acquitted of his dead weasel assault, but lingering questions about the case still remain. Such as: where did he find the weasel? Was the weasel really a marten? And why did he bring it with him?

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