The Latest: Jury begins deliberating in Bundy standoff trial

Published on April 14, 2017 at 11:17AM

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas has begun deliberating the fate of the first six defendants to stand trial in an armed standoff with federal agents near Cliven Bundy’s ranch three years ago. After two months of testimony and a day and a half of closing arguments, verdicts aren’t expected until next week. One by one, most of the defendants’ supporters left the courtroom gallery on Thursday as Acting Nevada U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre finished his summation. Myhre says the standoff wasn’t about free speech, protests or the right to have firearms. He says it’s about a threat the six men armed with assault-style rifles posed to federal agents who Myhre says thought they were going to die. Defense attorneys told the jury the government didn’t prove conspiracy and other charges, including assault on a federal officer.