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Jul 17, 2017 12:09 PM

Openings set in US court for Bundy standoff retrial in Vegas

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas is due to hear openings in the retrial of four men who brought assault-style weapons to a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding up rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

READ: Retrial set for defendants in Bundy standoff case in Nevada

Trial starts Monday for defendants who maintain they drove from Idaho and Montana to Bunkerville, Nevada, to protest Bureau of Land Management tactics that included agents using dogs and stun guns against Bundy family members.

Prosecutors want jurors to focus on conspiracy, assault on a federal agent, weapon and other charges.

A jury in April found two co-defendants guilty of some charges, but failed to reach verdicts for Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart. Gerald "Jerry" DeLemus from New Hampshire became the first person sentenced for his ties to the confrontation. He received a 7-year sentence.

Trial is expected to take several weeks.

Bundy and other defendants are jailed pending trial later.

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