Trial set for erstwhile FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs

KINGMAN — After more than two years, a Mohave County Superior Court judge finally set a trial date in one of two criminal cases filed against Warren Jeffs.

Jeffs, 54, the former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor in two 2007 Arizona cases. He is charged with being an accomplice of two men who had sex with two underage girls, which allegedly took place in 2002 and 2003 in the polygamist communities of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.

Jeffs’ attorneys, Mike Piccarreta of Tucson and Richard Wright of Las Vegas, along with Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith agreed that most of the interviews have been conducted and a few remaining motions would be filed by August or September. Piccarreta said the cases could go to trial by November.

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Judge Steven Conn set the trial to begin in one of the cases on Nov. 2 with a pre-trial hearing set for Oct. 8.

Jeffs, the self-proclaimed prophet of the polygamist church in Colorado City, is serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted in Utah in 2007 of two counts of rape as an accomplice.

He is also charged with felony sexual assault of a child under 17 and aggravated sexual assault in Schleicher County, Texas, after a raid by Texas law enforcement officers at the YFZ compound in Eldorado, Texas, in April 2008. He has been in Mohave County Jail since February 2008.

– Source / Full Story: Trial set for Jeffs, Jim Seckler, Mohave Daily News, Mar. 28, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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