Prosecutor promises third trial in ranch standoff case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Nevada is vowing a third try to convict two accused gunmen of armed assault on a federal officer in a 2014 standoff that stopped a cattle roundup near states' rights figure Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre told Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Wednesday there's no question the government will retry Eric Parker and Scott Drexler.

On Tuesday, a jury acquitted two defendants of all 10 charges but failed to reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two counts against Drexler.

Navarro set a Sept. 25 trial date.

That means another delay in starting trial for Bundy, four of his sons and six other defendants.

They've been in federal custody since their arrests in early 2016, despite invoking rights to speedy trials.

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A federal jury in Las Vegas has refused to convict four accused gunman in a 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the Nevada ranch of anti-government figure Cliven Bundy.

In a verdict that stunned Bundy supporters, the jury on Tuesday acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges against them.

Defendants Scott Drexler and Eric Parker were found not guilty of most of the charges against them.

The jury did not reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two charges against Drexler.

Prosecutors said the men conspired with Bundy family members and wielded weapons to threaten the lives of federal agents enforcing lawful court orders to remove Bundy cattle from public land after failing to pay grazing fees.

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