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Material Witness Changes Testimony In Bunkerville Retrial

Serena claimed to have had protesters pointing firearms directly at him.

Material Witness Changes Testimony In Bunkerville Retrial
Protest sign outside Federal courthouse in Las Vegas (Redoubt News)

Material Witness Changes Testimony In Bunkerville Retrial

by Shari Dovale

The Bunkerville retrial of four defendants began the second week of testimony in Las Vegas today.

Scott Drexler, Eric Parker, Rick Lovelein and Steven Stewart are on trial for conspiracy and related crimes pertaining to the Bunkerville standoff of April 2014.

Sgt. Shannon Serena of the Nevada Highway Patrol testified today for the prosecution. He stated that he was originally given orders to help with the set up of the K-Rail system (guard rails set up by the Department of Transportation) as they were needed to help the BLM out of the area when the Bundy cattle were released later that day.

Serena then testified that he was in Moapa (about 33 miles from Bunkerville) when he said his orders were changed. He was very specific that his orders were change because “Officers were being held at gunpoint”. Serena testified that he was ordered to go assist these officers.

This is a major change in testimony from the first trial. I have reviewed the testimony from the first trial and cannot find any reference to officers being held at gunpoint.

Additionally, Serena showed dash-cam footage of his travels to Bunkerville, and after he arrived. He stated that there were several hundred people at the protest and that ¾ (three quarters) of them had firearms. He said they were “heavily armed”.

It was noted during cross examination that Serena never included in his report that he was told officers were being held at gunpoint.

Though he claimed to have been fearful at being so outnumbered, he could not remember even if there were any other officers from Nevada Highway Patrol, the Park Service, BLM or Swat. He could only remember about 10-12 metro police being there. He just couldn’t remember anything else.

Serena claimed to have had protesters pointing firearms directly at him. However, none of the dash-cam videos or the still photographs exhibit such behavior. Serena claimed that it was done off camera.

Although three of the four defense attorneys cross-examined Serena, the day came to a close before the fourth attorney, Todd Leventhal (who represents Scott Drexler) was able to cross-examine. Thus, tomorrow will begin with questions by Leventhal. Let’s hope Leventhal reviews transcripts from the last trial this evening. Afterward, the jurors will have their chance to question this witness.

The jury questions have become a highlight in this case. They are paying attention and making every attempt to know what is being kept from them. I am looking forward to them.

 

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7 Comments on Material Witness Changes Testimony In Bunkerville Retrial

  1. Thanks for being there and reporting on the trial. I find it odd that this Officer simply directed traffic after he arrived… when was the last time you saw an LEO “forget about” anyone pointing a gun at them until 3 years and a 2nd trial to remember such an important point?

  2. We welcome Ms Dovale and her penetrating insights. One day on the job and she is giving chapter and verse of the Govt defalcations. Hearing the questions of the jury has been a novel glimpse into their minds, but I can’t help but think that Navarro has another purpose. She, and her teammates at the Govt table can tailor their pitch, guided by what they’ve heard in these questions. We’ll see….

  3. FYI, I was on trial in many courts, all on false charges. In all cases of my 64 years on this earth, there was always some cops giving false testimony; or, prosecutors stringing the jury; or, bribed judges.
    In ALL cases I been charged with, there has always been either: 1) My lawyer to prove I was innocent; or, 2) The prosecutor or judge admitting the charges are false.
    However, no jury has ever acquitted me, because they are usually hand picked by the court, & BLM cops are hand picked to bear false witness for their bosses.
    That is why I now keep a low profile to stay out of these 3-ring circuses they call the justice system.

  4. A fellow Patriot and I both talked about how so few people were armed. I said 1 out of 10, he thought 1 out of 8. This included six shooters for Pete’s sake! It was about how to protect the civilians!!! Ugh.

  5. His change in testimony is blatantly obvious, especially to those who’ve heard his testimony before. He is either willingly bearing false witness or is being forced into it by the BLM cronies! Either way, it’s a shame. Shame on him for allowing the scum to set his destiny!

  6. WAS THE PROTESTER GUNS THE ONLY GUNS POINTING AT THE BLM AGENTS? THINK ABOUT IT. IF THE NEVADA HIGHWAY PATROL, THE LAS VEGAS METRO AND THE CLARK COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT WAS KEEPING THE PEACE ON THE PROTESTER SIDE INCLUDING ON THE BRIDGE; WOULD THEY NOT BEEN IN THE LINE OF FIRE?

    DID THEY HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN, LIKE THEIR OWN SWAT SNIPERS; READY TO TAKE OUT BLM SHOOTERS?

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