BIG LAKE (AP) – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is going up against Texas prosecutors who haven’t lost a criminal case against his followers since the 2008 raid of the YFZ ranch.
Jeffs remained jailed Thursday after being transferred from Utah this week. The 54-year-old is charged with sexual assault and bigamy in Texas and had been fighting his extradition.
Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Texas juries have returned swift convictions against five FLDS members since last year.
Two other defendants were sentenced after pleading no contest. Prosecutors say the evidence “has been clear and convincing to juries.”
Neither Jeffs nor the church have commented since being extradited. His first trial is scheduled for January.
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