Zoo Wars -The Never Ending Saga of the Gatorman

Ken Henderson is one of the nicest, caring, animal loving individuals that anyone could hope to meet. Yet, because of his unique love of certain types of animals and what he does for a living, including traveling with his animals, he is now being prosecuted by idiots in Boone County Missouri. -Talk about a waste of taxpayer money!!! Furthermore the destruction of one of his gators and the loss of teeth in another opens both the city (Columbia, MO) and Boone County to law suit!!! Not to mention his loss of reputation and bookings (ability to earn a living) for the educational shows that he presents.

If anything, tise new district attorney should drop the charges and be trying to get a settlement  with this man rather than subject the city and county for possible more money (waste of tax payer money) that they will have to pay him, no matter whether he wins or looses this case. This is becoming a never ending Saga of complete BULLSHIT!!!

Best to you Ken, hope you and the animals are keeping warm!!!

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/local/trial-of-alligator-handler-is-postponed-again/article_30c8b22e-8dc7-11e3-8749-10604b9f6eda.html

Trial of alligator handler is postponed again

Henderson faces 19 misdemeanors.

Prosecutors have requested a delay in the trial of a man known as the “gator educator” — marking nearly a dozen times the case has been postponed since January 2012.

Kenneth R. Henderson, 69, was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow to stand trial for 19 misdemeanor charges related to his possession of several exotic animals, including seven alligators. Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Meredith said she requested the trial be postponed because an expert witness was unavailable this week. A new trial date has not been set.   

Prosecutors have requested a delay in the trial of a man known as the “gator educator” — marking nearly a dozen times the case has been postponed since January 2012.

Kenneth R. Henderson, 69, was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow to stand trial for 19 misdemeanor charges related to his possession of several exotic animals, including seven alligators. Boone County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Meredith said she requested the trial be postponed because an expert witness was unavailable this week. A new trial date has not been set.

Henderson recently hired a new attorney, and Meredith is new to the case. Both sides have requested delays in the past.

Columbia/Boone County Animal Control had warned Henderson several times to register his animals, including the alligators, before he was charged in summer 2011. On June 28, 2011, Officers found two leashed alligators in Henderson’s daughter’s fenced backyard in the 700 block of Mikel Street. Henderson, who has appeared on Animal Planet with his gators, was in town to visit his daughter when the animals were discovered.

Officers confirmed the gators were Henderson’s and got a warrant to search his van, which was at the Boone County Fairgrounds. They seized his alligators, two turtles and a small fish aquarium. Most of his gators were between 4 and 7 feet long.

Six of his gators were returned to him in August 2011, but not before one died and another lost several teeth while the state kept them at an animal sanctuary. Of the 19 charges, 10 are for animal abuse, seven for keeping dangerous animals without proper registration and two for possessing wildlife illegally.

Henderson’s new attorney, St. Louis-based Albert Watkins, said he is troubled the case has been postponed so many times, calling it a “waste of resources.”

“They’re pursuing it with vigor that one would expect to see in a big urban area by prosecutors trying to take down a methamphetamine ring,” Watkins said.

The gators are more domesticated than a typical dog, Watkins said. Henderson was not available for comment, but he has made similar statements in the past. Watkins said he told his client to not speak about the case until he is in front of a jury.

Meredith, who only recently took on the case, said she plans to push forward with the prosecution. “I certainly think it’s important to address the fact that someone was in Boone County with dangerous reptiles,” she said.

Henderson, who lives with his gators in Warren County, was convicted in municipal court in December 2011 of two counts of possessing dangerous and exotic animals in the city. He appealed to Boone County Circuit Court, which reversed the ruling. The case then went to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, which in May reversed it again and sent it back to Boone County, which then remanded it to Columbia Municipal Court.

His conviction was upheld in municipal court Jan. 27. Henderson paid fines totaling $295.

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Previous blog posts of interest: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/update-ken-henderson-appeals-court-questions-city-ordinance-in-gator-case/

https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/alligator-handlers-case-goes-to-appellate-court/

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B

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~ by topcatsroar on February 4, 2014.

One Response to “Zoo Wars -The Never Ending Saga of the Gatorman”

  1. Hey, I know a kids’ party clown who brings balloons and makes animals for the kids. Somebody needs to arrest him for not having a balloon animal license… Put him out of work even if it takes 10 years to get the case into court…

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