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Jury Begins Deliberating In Bundy Standoff Trial

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John Locher
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Associated Press
A protester holds up a flag outside of a federal courthouse, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The first of three trials in the case of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy has gone to the jury. The six defendants include four from Idaho.

Testimony has been going on for two months. The six defendants, from Idaho, Arizona and Oklahoma, are accused of a variety of charges, including conspiracy and assault on a federal agent. They are accused of using guns as they stopped federal agents from rounding up Cliven Bundy’s cattle in 2014. States’ rights supporters say this is really a case about federal control of public land in the West.

Four of the defendants, Todd Engel, Scott Drexler, Steven Stewart and Eric Parker, are from Idaho. Parker was the only one to testify in the case.

The trial is taking a break Friday so verdicts are not expected until sometime next week.

A second trail, for five more defendants, including Cliven Bundy and his two sons, is set for June. Six more defendants are set to go on trial in the fall.

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