Cult leader Warren Jeffs’ pre-trial hearing scheduled for today

Warren Jeffs, the leader of the FLDS, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing today as his trial date for sexual assault is less than a month from now, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports.

Jeffs is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and bigamy. […]

Jeffs has undergone five pretrial hearings since November, when he arrived to Texas.

During those hearings, Jeffs searched for legal counsel, each week saying that he would have counsel the next week.

Jeffs said his confinement in the Big Lake Jail prohibited him from adequately searching.

During his most recent pretrial hearing Jan. 5, 51st District Judge Barbara Walther appointed Jeffs legal counsel after he dismissed counsel who made his first appearance for Jeffs on the same day.

Jeffs is now in a jail in Big Lake, and though he reportedly gave trouble to authorities while in jail in Arizona with such things as health-debilitating fasting, the sheriff’s office of Reagan County reports no problems.

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