A Texas judge will require the state to redact references to certain people and multiple marriages involving Raymond Merril Jessop from numerous documents it plans to use during his trial.
Defense attorney Mark Stevens argued that much of the content of the documents, mostly marriage records or dictations made by Warren S. Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are extraneous, prejudicial and not relevant to the crime charged to Jessop because they refer to polygamy.
Jessop, 38, faces one count of sexual assault of a child. The state alleges he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 2004 to whom he was not legally married.
Among the documents the defense wants kept out: Marriage records that show Jessop married several other women the same day he married the alleged victim.
Among the documents the judge will admit is a dictation made by Jeffs that discusses the alleged victim being previously married to Raymond Jessop’s brother — a subject hinted at in the defense’s questioning of a DNA expert.
(Listed if other than Religion News Blog)
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This post was last updated: Nov. 22, 2013