5 accused of trying to steal dead lion in Ohio

In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo obtained by the Associated Press, carcasses lie on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio.
AP Photo, File

TOLEDO, Ohio - Five people have been accused of trying to steal the carcass of a lion that was among dozens of exotic animals set free from an Ohio private compound and shot dead by sheriff's deputies last month.

A prosecutor in eastern Ohio tells The Associated Press four men and a teenager were charged with misdemeanor counts of theft on Monday.

Sheriff's deputies say in documents released last week they stopped the men and the teen after they loaded the lion's body into the back of a Jeep several hours after it had been set free by the compound's owner.

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