Judge calls off hearing; Bundy stays in jail

Posted at 10:43 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 19:13:04-05

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group that took over an Oregon wildlife refuge will be staying in jail after a judge called off his court hearing.

Ammon Bundy's attorney requested more time to gather evidence, postponing a hearing scheduled Tuesday.

Bundy wants to be allowed to return home to Idaho with a GPS monitoring device and orders that he not leave the state except for court appearances.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman said last week that Bundy, 40, presents a danger to the community and he might fail to return for future court proceedings. Beckerman said Bundy repeatedly ignored federal demands to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and she had little confidence he would comply with orders to show up in court.

Bundy was arrested Jan. 26 during a traffic stop, where police shot and killed Arizona rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during a confrontation.

Since his arrest, Bundy has repeatedly urged the four people remaining at the refuge, which is surrounded by authorities, to go home. Hundreds of people gathered Monday outside the courthouse in nearby Burns both to protest and support the occupation.

The rallies came the same day Bundy's father, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, sent a certified letter to the local sheriff saying all federal and state police should be removed from the area and the refuge should be placed under local control. The elder Bundy was involved in a high-profile 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights.

The holdouts at the Oregon refuge include David Fry, who has posted updates to the YouTube channel "DefendYourBase," which the group has used frequently to release information. He has said the four want assurances they won't be arrested and demand pardons for everyone involved. They have not posted a video since Sunday, but it was not clear why.

Ammon Bundy's attorney has said Bundy didn't recognize Fry's name and that he wasn't a core member of the group. The other remaining occupiers are Jeff Banta and married couple Sandy and Sean Anderson.

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