Acquittal in Hoquiam, Wash., dead weasel assault

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MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) -- 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 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.

The story spread partially because of Watkins' reported insistence that the dead animal was a somewhat rare marten.

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Information from: The Daily World, http://www.thedailyworld.com