Sept. 25 retrial set for 2 charged in Bunkerville standoff

Posted: August 24, 2017 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

By David Ferrara Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 23, 2017 – 1:47 pm

Updated August 23, 2017 – 7:36 pm

Before his next trial in Las Vegas, Scott Drexler wants to hug his 88-year-old mother and a grandson he has never met. He also wants to pet his dog.

“I need to go see my mom before she dies,” he said Wednesday, momentarily choking back tears. “I was helping take care of her before I was arrested.”

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro ruled that Drexler and co-defendant Scott Parker may return home to Idaho while awaiting their retrial. Parker showed up to court Wednesday with a copy of the Constitution tucked in the breast pocket of his white button-down shirt.

Drexler and Parker spent 17 months behind bars while awaiting two trials on 10 felony counts in connection with an armed 2014 standoff in Bunkerville.

The first jury voted 10-2 for total acquittal and wound up deadlocked. A second panel acquitted the pair Tuesday of most counts, and prosecutors immediately said they want the men to face a third jury to resolve the remaining counts. Drexler took the news in stride.

“That’s just working with the system, I guess,” he said. “It may take a while to get it all straightened out, but the system’s working, so we’ll keep going.”

The same jury acquitted Idaho resident Steven Stewart and Montana resident Ricky Lovelien, co-defendants in the first two trials, on Tuesday of all charges.

Navarro scheduled a Sept. 25 retrial for Drexler and Parker, who were cleared of conspiracy and other charges in the case.

Stewart said he expects to be back in the courtroom for the third trial — this time in the gallery and seated alongside supporters who watched prosecutors put on a case against him that could have led to decades behind bars.

“Any time I see people getting hurt, I feel hurt by it,” said Stewart, who sometimes cried during the trial and wept as the judge read the verdict acquitting him. “I’m disgusted by the way people are treated.”

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