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In April, William E. Jessop filed papers with the state ousting Jeffs as president of the corporations that make up the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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Records shown Tuesday morning state that Jeffs unofficially “married” a 14-year-old girl when he was 48.
Jeffs , the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, is on trial over charges leveled after a 2008 raid on his sect’s compound.
Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
court documents pointing to Jeffs spiritually marrying at least 10 underage girls, some as young as 12, before his 2006 arrest.
The charges stem from an April 2008 raid on the church’s Yearning for Zion compound outside the town of Eldorado, south of San Angelo, where Jeffs is set to be tried.
Two other FLDS leaders appeared in court as well.
The aggravated charge is a first-degree felony charge of five to 99 years in prison and the other is a second-degree felony charge of two to 20 years in prison.
Michael Emack is challenging the search warrant that led Texas authorities to place more than 400 children from the cult’s compound into protective custody — and to subsequently seize evidence later used to indict 12 FLDS followers on bigamy and sexual assualt charges.
Jessop’s next pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 27 in Schleicher County, and a trial date was set for Oct. 31.
The two men have until Aug. 3 to either both sign a document agreeing on a leader or get a court order determining who is in authority, division officials stated.
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