His father, Jerry Watkins, said he can't believe his son entered the zoo wanting to do the monkey harm.
Perhaps more significant in understanding what happened:"He's not a malicious monkey murderer," Watkins said. "I'm thinking the monkey attacked him and he just tried to defend himself. I don't think he ever intended to kill it; he's just not that kind of guy."
[Ada County Assistant Prosecutor] Alidjani had argued that the bail shouldn't be reduced because Watkins has a history of drug and drunken driving arrests and probation violations....I mean, if you had a rough time, wouldn't you try to break into a zoo and steal a monkey?
Watkins broke into the zoo after a night of grief-fueled drinking, Reedy said: An aunt had recently died, and Watkins' grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer only days before. So he went into Boise for a night out with friends and family.