Suspected monkey killer charged with lying to police

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The man accused of beating a Zoo Boise monkey to death is facing a new charge.

Michael Watkins returned to court Thursday where he was charged with providing false information to police. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing for burglary and grand theft charges stemming from the November incident at the zoo.

Prosecutors allege a drunken Watkins beat the monkey to death after it tried to fight back.

Watkins is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 17.