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Wisconsin man accused of killing man over stolen reptiles

Looks like someone forgot their bearded dragon at UW-Madison
Posted at 8:24 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 21:24:53-04

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of killing a young man in a dispute over stolen reptiles has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Forty-four-year-old Bill Zelenski, of Waupaca, is accused of shooting the 18-year-old late Monday and the victim’s mother has been charged with being a party to the crime.

Their attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. WLUK-TV reports that the dispute was over $27,850 worth of reptiles and equipment.

According to a criminal complaint, several reptiles — including Mexican bearded lizards worth $17,000 — were taken in the theft last week. Zelenski told a 911 operator he shot the victim after the young man attacked him.

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