Retrial of four defendants in Bundy ranch case pushed back to July 10


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The retrial of four “low-level” defendants in the Bundy ranch standoff case has been delayed two weeks.

It will now start at 8:30 a.m. July 10.

Chief Judge Gloria Navarro ruled on the delay Friday. The delay was sought by the defendants while the prosecution was opposed.

The first trial, which began Feb. 6, ended with a partial mistrial in late April when the jury could not reach a verdict for four of the six defendants.

Defendants Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien, Steven Stewart and Eric Parker sought the delay from June 26 to July 10.

Idaho resident Todd Engel and Arizona resident Gregory Burleson were convicted of some of the charges they faced in the first trial of the so-called “tier three” defendants, “gunmen” considered the least culpable in the April 2014 standoff.

Other charges that Engel and Burelson faced that the jury did not reach a verdict on have been dropped.

The new trial schedule will delay the trial for Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy until fall at the earliest, possibly much later.

The trial of the “tier one” defendants is scheduled to start 30 days after the retrial verdict is reached.

All defendants are being held in a federal lockup and motions to secure their release prior to trial have been denied by the government.

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