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Retrial of four defendants in Bundy case underway

Rancher Cliven Bundy is shown in April 2014 near his ranch in Bunkerville, Nev. (MGN Online)

Opening statements in the retrial of four defendants in the Bunkerville standoff took place at the federal courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas on Monday. The United States Attorney was first to his opening argument to the jury first and the defense took the floor after.

The jury is made up of eight men and eight women (that includes four alternates) who listened intently.

The four defendants, Eric Parker, Scott Drexler, Steven Stewart and Ricky Lovelien are accused of joining Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's armed standoff against the federal government in 2014.

They are charged with conspiracy, extortion, threats, assault and related counts for their roles in the standoff.

The trial of the "tier one" defendants, Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy is scheduled to start 30 days after the retrial verdict is reached.

The current trial is expected to last 7 to 9 weeks.

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