Defendant Shawna Cox speaks at left as supporters hug outside federal court in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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A federal court jury delivered a surprise verdict Thursday acquitting anti-government militant leader Ammon Bundy and six followers of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover of a wildlife center in Oregon earlier this year.Prosecutors called it a lawless scheme to seize federal property by force.The verdict came after four days of deliberations.The 12-member panel found all seven defendants -- six men and a woman -- not guilty of the most serious charge, conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force. Mumford told reporters he believed Ammon and Ryan Bundy would remain in custody for the time being but may be transferred to Nevada.Four co-defendants were free on their own recognizance during the trial.
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