Grand Jury Proceedings Begin In West Texas Polygamist Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - Attorney General Greg Abbott today
arrived in Eldorado as a grand jury meets to consider possible
criminal charges against members of a polygamist sect.
Their West Texas compound was raided in April amid concerns of
possible abuse of children.
The more than 400 youngsters who were removed -- by the state --
from the complex were later returned to their parents.
Abbott went to a small community building where the grand jury
was meeting, near the Schleicher County courthouse. The entire area
is surrounded by yellow tape and Texas troopers.
Women and girls in prairie dresses, including a 16-year-old
daughter of jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs, were later escorted
into the same building.
The Associated Press reports lawyers and members of the
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints crowded
a bench in front of the courthouse.
The grand jury met in June without issuing indictments.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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