Prosecutors want Malheur militia trials pushed back

A total of 25 people face federal charges related to the Malheur Refuge takeover

Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Ryan Payne. (Bottom L-R) Joseph O'Shaughnessy, Pete Santilli, Duane Ehmer, Jason Patrick, Dylan Anderson.
Ten of the 11 people arrested in connection with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (Top, L-R) Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Ryan Payne. (Bottom L-R) Joseph O'Shaughnessy, Pete Santilli, Duane Ehmer, Jason Patrick, Dylan Anderson. (Not pictured: Jon Ritzheimer, in custody in Arizona) (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Government prosecutors have filed a motion to push back the trial dates for those arrested following a 41-day standoff at an Oregon wildfire refuge.

The prosecutors want a federal judge to deem the case complex, which would delay the defendants’ right to a speedy trial and likely send the case into 2017. They cite the unique crime scene, the large number of defendants and complicated pre-trial discovery issues.

Defense attorney Lisa Hay filed a document opposing efforts to designate the case as complex.

Standoff leader Ammon Bundy and 15 others are scheduled to each be arraigned Wednesday on a conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say a superseding indictment with additional charges could be filed early next month, after investigators finish processing the crime scene near Burns, Oregon.

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