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Jury Yet to Be Seated in Polygamist Leader's Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Jury selection is beginning its second
day in the trial of a polygamist leader accused of sexually
assaulting two underage girls.

Warren Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of
mainstream Mormonism that believes polygamy brings exaltation in
heaven.

A field of 280 potential jurors was reduced by about 60 Monday.
Those remaining answered written questions. The defense and the
prosecution will quiz them on their responses Tuesday.

If convicted, Jeffs faces up to 99 years to life in prison for
aggravated sexual assault of a child, plus 20 years behind bars for
aggravated sexual assault.

His church built a compound in remote Eldorado, Texas, 45 miles
south of San Angelo, where his trial is being held.


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