Malheur trial: Judge rules Facebook evidence stays in

Opening statements in trial set for Tuesday morning

mmon Bundy sits at a desk he's using at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Bundy is the leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to protest federal land policies. The leader of an armed group occupying the refuge met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
Ammon Bundy sits at a desk he's using at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On the eve of opening statements in the trial of 7 people facing charges in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Judge Anna J. Brown denied a motion to suppress information found on their Facebook pages.

The attorney for David Fry argued the federal government failed to make sure certain material separated from the evidence was not sealed or destroyed.

Though Judge Brown denied the motion to suppress the Facebook evidence, she did admonish “the government for its lack of diligence in failing to ensure” that data was sealed or destroyed.

Fry was the last of the occupiers to leave the refuge on February 11. His other 6 co-defendants in this trial are brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, Neil Wampler and Kenneth Medenbach.

Opening statements are set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Federal Court in downtown Portland.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this case.

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