Polygamist trials back on track in April

KINGMAN – Trials for two remaining Colorado City polygamists have now been tentatively set for April.

The trial for Dale Evans Barlow, 49, was set Thursday to begin April 10. His trial was previously postponed because a state witness was not available to testify. Barlow is charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Barlow and seven other codefendants belong to a controversial polygamist sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Colorado City.

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Rodney Holm’s jury trial is set to begin April 17. Holm, 40, a former Colorado City police officer, is charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Sentencing for Vergel Bryce Jessop, 47, was delayed Thursday because a psychologist report was not completed. No new date has been set.

He pleaded no contest Dec. 18 to an undesignated charge of child abuse. He had been charged with sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Charges against Randolph J. Barlow were recently dismissed when the victim refused to testify against him. Barlow, 33, was charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

David Romaine Bateman, 49, was convicted in October of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to nine months in state prison and must register as a sex offender.

Kelly Fischer, 39, was convicted in July of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced to 45 days in county jail and probation.

In September, a Mohave County jury acquitted Donald Robert Barlow, 50, of one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

Charges against Terry Darger Barlow, 25, were dropped in October. He was charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

The church’s leader, Warren Jeffs, 51, currently faces rape charges in Utah. He is also charged in Mohave County with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

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