Arizona judge delays ruling on Jeffs' incest charges

Published May 16, 2008 11:40 am
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Posted: 5:01 PM- KINGMAN, Ariz. - Lawyers for imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs asked a judge to drop incest charges Friday afternoon in a Mohave County, Ariz. courtroom, but the judge did not rule on the request.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn heard arguments from both defense and prosecuting attorneys "and has taken the matters under advisement," stated a news release from the Mohave County Attorney's Office. Conn will rule in the matter by minute order, the release stated. A defense motion seeking medical records is also pending.

The charges stem from two arranged marriages between teenage girls and their older male relatives. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader is charged as an accomplice in that case.

Jeffs' lawyers say incest charges should be dismissed because Arizona laws require both participants to be 18 years old or older.

If a judge agrees, Jeffs would still face charges as an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor.

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