Woman accused in protest shooting released to halfway house

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Posted: Jun 23, 2017 8:58 AM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota is allowing a move from jail to a halfway house for a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Red Fawn Fallis is to stand trial Dec. 5 on weapons counts and a civil disorder charge.

Authorities allege Fallis fired a gun three times at officers during a confrontation last October. Fallis has pleaded not guilty and has been jailed in Rugby.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered Tuesday that Fallis be released to a halfway house in Fargo, over the objection of prosecutors.

Fallis' attorney also has requested that her trial be moved out of Bismarck, where pipeline protests caused disruptions for months.