Jeffs is charged with two first-degree felony counts of being an accomplice to rape. He allegedly officiated in 2001 at an arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old first cousin. When the hearing is finished, 5th District Judge James L. Shumate will decide if there is sufficient evidence to order Jeffs to stand trial.
Much of today’s testimony came from Jane Doe IV, a pseudonym for the woman who alleges she was forced to marry her cousin in 2001. She testified that Warren Jeffs. son of the then-president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, rebuffed her pleas to cancel the wedding.
In the FLDS church, followers are taught that the president, believed by the faithful to be their prophet, is always to be obeyed. The church, based in the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., has about 6,000 members, some in Texas, Colorado, South Dakota and British Columbia.