Jury seated for the Malheur Refuge takeover trial

Opening statements expected on Tuesday

A courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection for the Malheur occupation trial, September 7, 2016 (Courtesy: Deborah Marble)
A courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection for the Malheur occupation trial, September 7, 2016 (Courtesy: Deborah Marble)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury of 12 people and eight alternates has been selected in the Oregon standoff trial with opening statements to begin Tuesday.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports lawyers made final selections Friday. The jury includes eight women and four men who said in court they had little prior knowledge about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Four jurors are from the metropolitan Portland region. Three are from the Eugene/Springfield area and others live in St. Helens, Klamath Falls, Baker City and Hood River.

Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impede federal employees from carrying out their work at the refuge through intimidation, threats or force.

Five defendants also are charged with possession of a firearm in a federal facility. Two face an additional charge of theft of government property.

The case stems from the 41-day occupation of the refuge, which began Jan. 2.

(L-R, top to bottom) Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Jeff Banta, Neil Wampler, Kenneth Medenbach, David Fry and Shawna Cox. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
(L-R, top to bottom) Ryan Bundy, Ammon Bundy, Jeff Banta, Neil Wampler, Kenneth Medenbach, David Fry and Shawna Cox. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

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