Trial location moved for man charged in Malheur Occupation

medenbachMedford, Ore. — The trial for a man charged in connection with the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been moved from Medford due to safety concerns.

Kenneth Medenbach was out on bail for an illegal camping charge when he was arrested in Burns on January 15th. Police say he stole a government vehicle and took it to a local grocery store to stock up on supplies for the occupation. Part of his terms of release were that he would not occupy federal land or commit any crimes.

His 2-day jury trial was set to start Tuesday at the Medford federal courthouse but according to court records it has been moved to Eugene and will begin April 18th.

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