Shawna Cox testifies about LaVoy Finicum shooting

Ryan Bundy's wife Angela testified Tuesday

Shawna Cox during opening statements in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial, September 13, 2016 (For KOIN: Sketch Artist Deborah Marble)
Shawna Cox during opening statements in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation trial, September 13, 2016 (For KOIN: Sketch Artist Deborah Marble)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon standoff defendant Shawna Cox took the witness stand in her own defense, becoming emotional as jurors watched a video of the traffic stop that ended with the death of occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.

In the video, Cox can be heard telling Finicum to “gun it” as they fled from an initial stop Jan. 26. Finicum later crashed into a snowbank and left the vehicle. Oregon State Police shot him as he reached toward the inside of his jacket, where he kept a handgun.

Cox testified Thursday she didn’t get out during the initial traffic stop because she heard gunfire and feared getting shot.

FBI footage shows LaVoy Finicum reaching for waistband

The Kanab, Utah, woman is one of seven defendants on trial for allegedly conspiring to prevent Interior Department employees from working at the Malheur National Wildlife near Burns, Oregon. The armed occupation of the refuge began Jan. 2 and lasted 41 days.

Aerial video provided by the FBI shows LaVoy Finicum being shot on January 26, 2016. (FBI)
Aerial video provided by the FBI shows LaVoy Finicum being shot on January 26, 2016. (FBI)


Tuesday testimony

 Ryan Bundy cross examined his wife Tuesday. Bundy’s wife, Angela, took the stand and testified that she only packed a few days worth of clothes and no winter coat for her husband when he went to Burns.

Kenneth Medenbach also testified Tuesday, saying he’s waited 21 years to be where he is now and said he was at the refuge because he felt the government shouldn’t be allowed to own state’s land.

Defendants Ammon Bundy, Medenbach, Jeff Banta have already testified for the defense.

The defense could rest Thursday or Friday.

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