Jury selection begins in FLDS member trial

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Attorneys in the trial of Keith William Dutson Jr. may have a jury selected by this afternoon, as the potential jurors will return at 1 p.m. for the final selection.

Dutson, 25, is charged with sexual assault of a child and is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

For the second-degree felony in question, the law requires jurors to consider a sentence between 2 years and the recommendation of probation and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Dutson is the seventh member of the FLDS to undergo criminal prosecution.

The indictments against them are based on evidence seized in an April 2008 raid on the YFZ Ranch, an FLDS-owned ranch in Schleicher County. The raid was triggered by what later was determined to be a hoax phone call from a woman who said she was suffering abuse at the ranch.

– Source / Full Story: Jury selection begins in FLDS member trial, Matthew Waller, San Angelo Standard-Times, Oct. 26, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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