The 2014 armed standoff near the Bundy family ranch made national headlines and now federal prosecutors in Nevada are looking to schedule a definitive trial date. Due to the long list of witnesses that need to be called, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre is stressing to the court that it behooves both sides to get a calendar date confirmed as soon as possible, with an eye on June 5 as the earliest starting date.
This is taking place while the first trial is still in session, with closing arguments expected this week. Dennis Michael Lynch was a witness in the case and testified in early March.
Myhre stated in a motion he filed, “Given the number of charges involved in Trial 2, the government anticipates calling approximately 60 witnesses – far more than the approximately 35 called to date in Trial 1, which began February 6, 2017, and which has, to date, spanned nearly two months.” DML is expected to be called to testify in the second trial.
Prosecutors originally had hoped to start the second trial one month after the end of the first, which has the first six defendants who are being charged as the gunmen. What has been described as the “leaders” of the standoff will have their legal fate decided in the second trial.
The standoff occurred at the Bunkerville ranch when Bureau of Land Management agents went to enforce an operation to impound Cliven Bundy’s cattle from what they considered public lands.
Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan and others are facing 16 felony counts.
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