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Aug 4, 2011 3:05 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Polygamist leader's Texas trial goes to jury

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - The child sexual assault case against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has gone to the jury.

Jeffs acted as his own attorney and stood mute during nearly all 30 minutes Thursday of his allotted time for a closing argument. At one point he mumbled, "I am peace," and said no more.

The 55-year-old head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is accused of assaulting two underage girls he'd taken as so-called spiritual wives. He faces up to life in prison.

Jeffs had argued that his religious freedoms were being trampled. Prosecutors said the case had nothing to do with his beliefs but acts committed by one individual.

The FLDS believes polygamy is the key to heaven and that Jeffs is God's spokesman on earth.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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