Prosecutor promises third trial in Bundy ranch standoff case

Posted at 2:28 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 16:28:25-04

The top federal prosecutor in Nevada is vowing a third try to convict two accused gunmen of armed assault on a federal officer in a 2014 standoff that stopped a cattle roundup near states' rights figure Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro Wednesday “there's no question” the government will retry Eric Parker and Scott Drexler.

On Tuesday, a jury acquitted two defendants of all ten charges -- but failed to reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two counts against Drexler.

Navarro set a Sept. 25th trial date.

That means another delay in starting the trial for Bundy (pictured), four of his sons and six other defendants. They've been in federal custody since their arrests in early 2016, despite invoking rights to speedy trials.

By Ken Ritter
Associated Press