FBI Agent, Informant Take Witness Stand In Day 3 Of Joe Exotic Trial
OKLAHOMA CITY -
The current owner of Greater Wynnewood Animal Park asked for immunity in exchange for his cooperation. That's according to witness testimony.
In day three of the Joe Maldonado-Passage trial an FBI agent and informant both took the stand.
According to the informant, Jeff Lowe not only knew about the plot to kill Carole Baskin, but he was actively involved in hatching a plan.
In an Interview in November, Jeff Lowe current owner of G.W. Animal Park, told News 9 he and his wife were unaware that tigers were being sold and slaughtered while under the care of Joe Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic.
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"Lauren and I are victims in this, just as the tigers are victims. I wish I would have kept a closer eye on him, but he ran the park for 20 years and he never had so much as a speeding ticket. We had no reason to think he was as evil as he turned out to be," said Lowe.
But despite that statement, jurors were told in 2018 Lowe requested immunity from federal investigators in exchange for his cooperation. And while it wasn't granted at the time, in July Lowe met with the U. S. Attorney's office. According to the defense information collected from that interview, the information could not be used to incriminate Lowe at a later time.
And while the U.S. Attorney's office would not confirm if Lowe had a struck a deal, the government's second witness, an informant, alleged Lowe played a key role in the plot to kill Baskin. He said while Maldonado-Passage repeatedly told him he wanted Baskin dead, he said on at least one occasion Lowe was present.
The informant said Lowe provided maps of Baskin's property and recommended her murder take place on the bike path near her home.