Polygamist leader finally set for trial in Texas
SAN ANGELO —
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is set to go to trial on sexual assault charges after a final pretrial
hearing in West Texas ended with no further delays.
The ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has appeared in a San Angelo court with seven attorneys since December. Most asked for additional time to prepare.
But prosecutors said Jeffs was changing lawyers as a stall tactic.
The conclusion of Thursday's proceedings will allow jury selection to begin Monday. Jeffs faces two counts of sexual assault of a child and will also be tried for bigamy in October.
The charges stem from a 2008 police raid on a church ranch amid suspicions of teenage girls forced into polygamist marriages.