Six defendants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation are headed to Nevada.
District Judge Anna Brown ruled Tuesday that U.S. marshals must transfer occupation leaders Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Blaine Cooper, Brian Cavalier and Pete Santilli to Nevada on April 13.
They’ll face arraignment on charges related to an April 2014 armed standoff near Cliven Bundy’s ranch.
The judge said she wanted federal agents to return the six to Oregon a week later.
However, one of the occupiers’ Nevada-based defense attorneys said she will fight to keep the men in Nevada. The lawyer said the occupiers face far more serious charges in the Nevada standoff. She also said attorneys there can’t prepare an adequate defense if the men remain in Oregon.