Ammon Bundy, the leader of the occupation, visited Ward several times with some of the same people who were indicted by prosecutors — Ryan Payne, who has since pleaded guilty, was among that group. Ward’s testimony is expected to outline those meetings for the prosecution’s case against the defendants.
Ward will more than likely discuss the interactions he had with Ammon Bundy leading up to the armed occupation, and testify about what it was like being the sheriff of the county during the occupation.
Hometown: Emmett, Idaho
Leader of the Malheur refuge occupation. Ammon Bundy was acquitted in Oregon. A mistrial was declared in Nevada.
Depending on how the flow of the day goes, jurors could also hear testimony from Chad Kargas this afternoon. He’s the manager of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, so he’s going to testify that federal employees were impeded from doing their jobs, addressing the central charge prosecutors have levied against the defendants.
What work was prevented? Why didn’t employees go to the refuge during the occupation? Kargas is expected to answer questions like that in his testimony.