Court overturns cult leader Wayne Bent’s convictions

Wayne Bent The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday tossed out the convictions of a religious group’s leader who had been found guilty of sexual misconduct with teenage followers.

The court ruled a grand jury’s term had expired months before it returned an indictment against Wayne Bent and that a district judge didn’t have the power to extend its term. [Read more...]

NewsChannel 10 allowed inside self proclaimed messiah’s compound

Wayne Bent Nearly two years after the arrest of self proclaimed messiah Wayne Bent, a New Mexico TV news station became the first media allowed inside his cult’s compound.

If you spend a day walking around the remote property of the Lord Our Righteousness Church you wouldn’t believe you were amongst what State Police call an apocalyptic cult. [Read more...]

New Mexico Supreme Court denies cult leader Wayne Bent’s bond petition

Wayne Bent New Mexico’s highest court has denied sect leader Wayne Bent‘s petition to be released on bond from prison while he appeals his convictions for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers, AP reports.

The Supreme Court denied the petition without explanation, as had the Court of Appeals.

AP also says Bent is being force-fed. A judge cleared the way for that after the cult leader tried to starve himself by means of an extended fast in protest of his imprisonment. [Read more...]

AG opposes cult leader Wayne Bent’s bond petition

Wayne Bent New Mexico attorney General Gary King’s office is opposing cult leader Wayne Bent’s petition to the state Supreme Court for bond while awaiting appeal.

Bent’s previous filings on district and state levels were both denied. Assistant Attorney General Margaret McLean asks the Supreme Court to uphold the previous courts’ rulings.

She cites no “clear and convincing” evidence that Bent, Strong City leader, won’t flee or pose danger to another person or community. She also says a reversal or order for a new trial is unlikely and argues there are no grounds to revisit granting an appeal bond. [Read more...]

Judge OKs force feeding cult leader Wayne Bent

Wayne Bent Imprisoned cult leader Wayne Bent, who is on a hunger strike, won’t be getting home-cooked meals from his followers and instead may be force fed through a tube, a District Court judge decided Wednesday.

A doctor testified that if the fast continues, Bent’s vital organs will shut down and he would die in a matter of days. [Read more...]

Court could intervene on cult leader’s fast

Wayne Bent Cult leader Wayne Bent is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday as a judge decides whether the state should force feed him.

Bent wrote letters to his cult in Union County letting them know that he will begin fasting on Sept. 1.

His fourth week of fasting is fast approaching, he will not have any food or water. Now the state is rushing a decision to intervene and force feed him with IVs and tubes.

Medical experts said that within seven days of no water, his organs will begin to break down.

Jeff Bent, Wayne Bent’s son, said the state needs to accept his father’s wishes and religious practices and not force him to eat. [Read more...]

Cult leader Wayne Bent starving himself again

Wayne Bent Convicted church leader Wayne Bent has said he no longer wants to eat, and the self-proclaimed messiah could die in prison if he carries out his plan.

In an online statement posted on his church’s Web site, Bent outlined his plan to starve himself. [Read more...]