Published Mon, Feb 27, 2012 4:45 am Dateline
The widow of a suicidal Ohio man who released dozens of exotic animals last fall is fighting to regain possession of 133 firearms that authorities seized from their Zanesville property in 2008.
A federal judge in Columbus has denied a request for a summary judgment in the case, paving the way for a trial scheduled to start May 7.
Marian Thompson argues she's the rightful owner of guns and ammunition seized ahead of federal weapons charges against her husband, Terry.
Prosecutors contend she knew about illegal activity involving the weapons.
Terry Thompson was sentenced to prison and was released last year. In October, he freed dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other animals at his property and killed himself. The animals were hunted and shot by authorities.