Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs on trial in Arizona
PHOENIX ” Lawyers for Warren Jeffs asked an Arizona judge Friday to drop incest charges against the imprisoned polygamist leader.
Jeffs, who was convicted in a similar case last year in Utah, is charged in Mohave County as an accomplice with four counts each of incest and sexual conduct.
The charges stem from two arranged marriages between teenage girls and their older male relatives, one of whom was in his 50s.
Jeffs’ lawyers argued during a court hearing in Kingman that prosecutors can either file sex with a minor charges or incest charges, but not both, and they want the incest charges dismissed.
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn did not make a decision Friday.
If Conn agrees with the defense lawyers, Jeffs would still face charges as an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor.
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