Judge refuses to delay FLDS leader Warren Jeffs hearing on new trial

FLDS polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs‘ hearing for a motion seeking a new trial will go on as scheduled Thursday.

His attorney had sought the delay in order to subpoena jurors from Jeffs’ trial — which resulted in a conviction on a rape-as-accomplice charge — back into 5th District Court in St. George, The Spectrum reports.

The court denied the request this morning, according Nancy Volmer, a spokeswoman for Utah State Courts.

The rape-as-an-accomplice charges stemmed from allegations that Jeffs had arranged and presided over the 2001 marriage of a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.

The motion seeking a new trial was filed last December, two months after the conviction. It claims trial errors and other improprieties occurred.

Jeffs currently is jailed in Arizona, facing similar charges from that state’s prosecutors.

Volmer says Jeffs will not be present for Thursday’s hearing.

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