Two Zimbabweans granted bail in death of Cecil the lion



Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Trymore Ndlovu, a landowner, both Zimbabweans, said through their attorney that they were innocent of poaching charges, which officials said could bring a sentence of 10 years in prison.

Zimbabwean authorities said that Walter J. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, paid at least $50,000 for the hunt. Palmer has said he relied on the expertise of local guides "to ensure a legal hunt."

But the lion that he and his local guides killed wasn't just any lion, according to Zimbabwean officials.

The 13-year-old lion, recognizabl