Bundy brothers, 5 others to remain in jail

Jan 27, 2016 7:26 PM by News Staff

A judge has ordered Ammon Bundy and six others arrested for occupying a national wildlife refuge to remain in jail until at least Friday.

At Wednesday's initial court appearance in Portland, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman said they are a danger to the community and, with no ties to Oregon, flight risks.

Beckerman set a detention hearing for Friday, giving the defendants a chance to argue for their release pending trial.

Public defender Lisa Hay pressed for the immediate release of her client, Ryan Payne. Hay says Payne has no criminal record, and prosecutors have not alleged he did anything violent.

Prosecutor Geoff Barrow said the risk is that he returns to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to "bunker with his co-conspirators."

The defendants said little Wednesday. The most expressive was Ryan Bundy, who looked at the press and asked "How are you guys?" when he entered the courtroom.

Security was tighter than usual at the federal courthouse in Portland. Armed guards were stationed near the entrance, and cellphones were banned from the packed courtroom.


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