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Polygamist leader faces trial as rape accomplice

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. GEORGE, Utah – A polygamist church leader accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry an older cousin in 2001 was ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of rape by accomplice. Warren Jeffs, 51, pleaded not guilty in state court. The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints could face up to life in prison if convicted. A trial was set for April 23. Prosecutors said the girl had no choice but to obey Jeffs. Judge James Shumate said the girl “expressed her disdain, reluctance, opposition and total dislike of sexual relations.” Now age 20, she was not in the courtroom Thursday. She has testified that she felt “completely trapped and defeated” during a ceremony at a Nevada motel – the “darkest time of my entire life.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’last_img

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