An Arizona judge has canceled a two-day hearing in the state’s case against polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs after granting a defense motion barring use of any evidence found at the group’s Texas ranch in 2008.
Defense attorney Michael Piccarreta requested the hearing, which had been set for Feb. 17-18 in Kingman, Ariz., to argue that the state’s case was tainted because lead investigators reviewed evidence seized during an April 2008 investigation at the Yearning For Zion Ranch.
The ranch is home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jeffs, 57, faces four counts of being an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor related to two marriages he allegedly performed that involved underage girls.
He is already serving two five-to-life sentences in Utah based on one of those cases — a 2001 marriage between Elissa Wall, then 14, and Allen Steed, then 19.
The Utah case involved charges of rape as an accomplice.
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