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Judge: Bundy, co-defendants to stay in custody before trial

Cliven Bundy appears in court Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. (Illustrations by Stewart Freshwater)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada federal judge has denied requests from rancher Cliven Bundy, one of his sons and another defendant to be released from custody days before their trial over a 2014 armed standoff with government agents in a cattle-grazing dispute.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Thursday ruled Bundy, his son Ryan Bundy and co-defendant Ryan Payne cannot move to house arrest or a halfway house before opening arguments in their trial start Tuesday.

Navarro will consider a release request Monday from another son, Ammon Bundy.

The four have been in custody since their arrests in 2016 in Oregon, where the Bundy brothers and Payne occupied a federal wildlife refuge.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Cliven Bundy's daughter Sharee Cox shouted at the judge and was removed from court after her father was denied release.

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