Cliven and Ryan Bundy to remain behind bars during trial; Ammon's freedom still pending

Cliven, Ammon, and Ryan Bundy, along with fourth defendant Ryan Payne, appear in federal court at the beginning of their trial in Las Vegas on Oct. 30, 2017. (Stewart Freshwater)

Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan, are facing a new legal blow.

On Thursday, a federal judge says Cliven will remain behind bars during his federal trial.

Ryan Bundy will also stay in custody, with officials saying he is showing a pattern of disobeying authority while in custody.

RELATED | Government ordered to provide documents to Bundy defense over patrols

The decision was made by Judge Gloria Navarro and caused Cliven's oldest daughter, Sheree Bundy-Cox, to stand up and yell out to the judge.

"You're an evil, cold-hearted woman," said Bundy-Cox, then yelling "I love you, Dad," before she was escorted from the courtroom by federal marshalls.

In the detention hearing for 42-year-old Ammon Bundy, he took the stand, testifying that he would break no laws - state or federal - if released from custody. He also noted that he would break no federal laws, even if he disagreed with them in principle.

This led to a contentious moment during cross-examinations by U.S. Attorney Dan Schiess, who started to criticize Ammon's attorney, Dan Hill, alleging youth and experience.

"I realize Mr. Hill is a young lawyer," said Schiess, leading to gasps in the courtroom and the judge asked Schiess if he needed a drink of water or a lunch break.

RELATED | Bundy trial opening statements rescheduled for Nov. 14

The judge could rule on Ammon's freedom on Monday.

As for Cliven, his attorney stated that the eldest Bundy "doesn't care, as long as his boys are out."

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off