Ammon Bundy’s attorney threatened with contempt

Attorney asked questions about LaVoy Finicum's death in front of the jury

Attorney Marcus Mumford with his client Ammon Bundy during opening statements in the Malheur Refuge takeover trial, September 13, 2016 (For KOIN: Sketch Artist Deborah Marble)
Attorney Marcus Mumford with his client Ammon Bundy during opening statements in the Malheur Refuge takeover trial, September 13, 2016 (For KOIN: Sketch Artist Deborah Marble)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — FBI agents, law enforcement officers and a Harney County rancher were among those who testified in the Malheur takeover trial Thursday.

Federal Judge Anna J. Brown on the opening day of the trial for the 7 defendants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial, September 13, 2016 (KOIN)
Federal Judge Anna J. Brown on the opening day of the trial for the 7 defendants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial, September 13, 2016 (KOIN)

Harney County rancher Andy Dunbar took the stand before the lunch recess. He and his son own properties bordering the refuge and were witness to activity at the refuge during the takeover. He testified that at times he heard gunshots and that occupiers pointed guns at him twice while he was looking at the refuge through binoculars.

During questioning of Dunbar by Ammon Bundy’s attorney Marcus Mumford, Judge Anna Brown threatened to hold him in contempt of court because he was asking questions about LaVoy Finicum’s death. Brown had previously issued an order over how Finicum’s shooting can be addressed in front of the jury.

She threatened to fine Mumford $1,000 for each question he asks about the circumstances of the shooting in front of the jury.

On Wednesday in court, Oregon State Police trooper Jeremiah Beckert confirmed that a government informant was driving Ammon Bundy’s car when he and 7 others were arrested along Hwy 395 in January.

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The trooper told jurors informant Mark McConnell was cooperating with police when he let them know the group was heading to a community meeting in John Day.

Beckert testified that he was in an unmarked pickup on the side of Hwy 395 when the group of occupiers were pulled over for probable cause on federal charges, not because they had committed a traffic violation.

He added that Ammon Bundy was not armed at the time of the arrest.

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