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September 18, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The leader of a polygamous sect being tried on charges that he coerced a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin feared prosecution for presiding over underage unions if the girl fled her marriage, her sister testified Monday. Rebecca Musser told jurors that Warren Jeffs asked her to encourage her younger sister to be happy in her marriage, citing changes to laws on underage marriage in Utah and Arizona, where his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based.
September 23, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
At age 17, Jennie Pipkin wanted to get married. Her father wanted her to finish high school. Four days after her graduation, he asked her to get him a Pepsi from the local store. She returned with the soda in one hand and a cordless phone in another. It was time, she told him, to call Warren Jeffs. Jeffs, the son of the prophet of Pipkin's polygamous sect, effectively ran the church and served as his father's spokesman. He asked the girl if she had someone in mind.
May 13, 2006 | David Kelly and Gary Cohn, Times Staff Writers
To his followers, Warren Jeffs is a teacher and spiritual leader who channels divine revelations -- the man they call their prophet. To the FBI, Jeffs is an accused rapist and fugitive on its 10 Most Wanted list with a $100,000 bounty on his head -- a man it calls armed and dangerous.
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