Malheur takeover jury sees guns, ammo, video

Prosecution may rest their case sometime Tuesday

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)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN/AP) — Jurors in the case against 7 people accused in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge saw guns and ammunition FBI agents said they found at the compound.

In court Monday, an FBI agent showed the jury an empty black gun case with Ammon Bundy’s name in block letters that was found in a 2nd-floor office at the refuge.

The agent also displayed a rifle, 5 empty gun cases and evidence bags with more than 1,000 spent shell casings recovered from the area.

A supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, stands by the front gate. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, stands by the front gate. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jurors were also shown a video of men using assault rifles to shoot at a refuge boat launch. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight told the court the video proves the armed occupation was not a peaceful protest.

Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, maintains that the firing of weapons is not an act of force. During his cross-examination, he asked FBI Special Agent Christopher Chew if anyone got shot at the refuge. Chew said no.

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Tuesday in the case against the Bundy brothers, Shawna Cox, Jeff Banta, Kenneth Medenbach, Neil Wampler and David Fry.

Each of the 7 defendants will begin to present their case on Wednesday.

Complete coverage: Malheur Refuge takeover

Previously in the trial:

Witnesses including Harney County Sheriff David Ward, refuge biologist Linda Beck and Oregon State Police trooper Jeremiah Beckert have already taken the stand.

Last week, Beckert dropped a bombshell by revealing Ammon Bundy and other occupiers were being driven by a government informant when they were pulled over along Hwy 395 and arrested.

Beckert told the court the high-risk traffic stop was a “once in a lifetime incident.”

On Thursday, Judge Anna Brown threatened to hold Ammon Bundy’s attorney, Marcus Mumford, in contempt of court because he was asking questions about LaVoy Finicum’s death, despite being ordered not to. Judge Brown threatened to fine him $1,000 for each question he asked about the circumstances of the shooting.

KOIN 6 News will have more information from court on Monday

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