Next 7 defendants in Malheur trial waiting

A status report is due from prosecutors by midnight Wednesday

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 file photo, Members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters stand guard near Burns, Ore. Thousands of archeological artifacts and maps detailing where more can be found are stored at a national wildlife refuge currently being held by a group of armed protestors. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Lawyers for six men and one woman who are to stand trial for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover are waiting for the government to determine how it wants to proceed.

A status report is due from prosecutors by midnight Wednesday. Jesse Merrithew, one of the defense lawyers, says that in back-and-forth emails with prosecutors, he has laid out the defense elements, including a request for timetables for motions to be filed and for jury summons.

This step ahead of the planned Feb. 14 trial comes almost three weeks after a jury acquitted another seven defendants of the same charge: conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs.

Merrithew says his side is also requesting more jurors be summoned in order to seek an impartial jury.