- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

The jailed leader of the armed group that took over a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon is speaking out after he and 15 others were indicted by a federal grand jury.

Ammon Bundy struck a defiant tone in an audio recording released on Thursday by his family. He spoke from Multnomah County Jail in Portland.

Bundy defended taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a way to educate people about injustices by federal officials toward ranchers and others.

Bundy made reference to the death last week of one of the lead occupiers, Robert Finicum, who died in a confrontation with FBI agents and Oregon state troopers that also resulted in the arrest of Bundy and others.

Bundy said in the audio recording, “Go home, Oregon State Police, you have already killed enough” and “Go home, FBI, it is time to end this.”

FBI agents, Oregon State Police and other law enforcement officers are deployed around the refuge as four occupiers remain holed up there.


11:30 a.m.

The father of one of the last four occupiers of a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon says he is disappointed his son has been named in a grand jury indictment against 16 defendants.

William Fry of Ohio is the father of David Fry, one of the holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

New released documents show David Fry and the three other holdouts are facing charges along with others already in custody.

William Fry told the AP on Thursday he had been hoping for a more positive outcome.

He defended his son for standing up for his beliefs. William Fry also said he and his wife still hope and pray their son will come home safely.


9:30 a.m.

Newly released documents show the four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge are facing charges.

An indictment unsealed Thursday names a total of 16 defendants, including standoff leader Ammon Bundy and other occupiers who were arrested last week.

A federal grand jury charged all with felony conspiracy, accused of using intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The armed holdouts have said they wouldn’t leave until receiving assurances they wouldn’t be charged.

The indictment says two conspirators traveled to the area in October to warn the local sheriff of “extreme civil unrest” if certain demands weren’t met.

The documents say that once the occupation began on Jan. 2, the group brandished firearms to keep officials from carrying out their duties.

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