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The Morning Brew: Jury acquits Oregon standoff leaders

Welcome to Friday! Here are a few headlines to start your day.

Jury acquits Oregon standoff Leaders

A federal jury found anti-government protestors Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of a wildlife refuge in rural Oregon last winter.

The jury returned verdicts Thursday after five hours of deliberations, The Oregonian reported.

Oklahoma Manhunt Continues

Funeral services are planned Friday for Valerie Kay Wilkson and her husband, Ronald Everett Wilkson, as authorities continue to search for the man accused of killing them.

The manhunt for Michael Dale Vance Jr., 38 of Chandler, entered its sixth day Friday.

Vance, who is the son of Valerie Kay Wilkson's cousin, is wanted in the couple's deaths, the wounding of two Wellston police officers and the theft of multiple cars in a crime spree that began Sunday in rural Lincoln County. He was last seen early Monday heading east from an Interstate 40 truck stop near Sayre, but Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said Vance could be anywhere.

A special hotline, (405) 246-9205, has been set up for tips about Vance.


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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›