Nevada prosecutors want three ranching standoff trials

Posted at 1:55 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 15:56:04-05

Prosecutors want a federal judge in Nevada to schedule three group trials for the seventeen defendants facing charges in an armed confrontation with U.S. officials over grazing rights near cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Bundy and other defendants lost a bid for individual trials.

Bundy now says, in a document filed Wednesday, that all the defendants should be tried together.

That comes after federal prosecutors filed paperwork Nov. 13th seeking for three trials -- grouped by whether the defendants were alleged leaders, mid-level organizers, or gunmen during the April 2014 standoff outside Bunkerville.

The first would start Feb. 6th for Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and co-defendants Peter Santilli and Ryan Payne.

The trial for six defendants would start in May.

A third trial for the remaining six would begin in August.

(by Associated Press)