As February court date looms, Antle asks for a continuance

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David Hucks
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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

 Tiger King star and Myrtle Beach Safari owner Doc Antle was arrested by the FBI on June 3, 2022.

Doc Antle
Doc Antle

Antle is now requesting a continuance of the pretrial conference and jury selection dates.

This court is set for February 23 and March 13 respectively, according to federal documents.

The documents state that the Myrtle Beach Safari owners “seeks a continuance until the court’s October term of court defense counsel has consulted with the government, and the Government consents to this Motion.”

In support of the request, Antle’s lawyers would show that the Government has “produced, in total, in excess of 37,000 items in discovery, with its most recent discovery occurring on January 27, 2023.”

Federal documents say that Antle anticipates that the Government will produce even more discovery with potential witnesses that are located in multiple states.

Antle’s lawyers seek a continuance of both the pretrial conference and jury selection dates until the court’s October term of court.

Antle owns the 50-acre property in the Socastee area of Horry County formerly known as Waccattee Zoo.

Antle faces a felony count of wildlife trafficking, a felony count of conspiracy to traffic in wildlife, and 13 misdemeanor charges, which include the nine counts of cruelty to animals stemming from an investigation by the Virginia attorney general that found that Antle had trafficked lion cubs between Virginia and South Carolina with the owner of the now-defunct roadside zoo Wilson’s Wild Animal Park.

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