July 10, 2012 |
COLORADO CITY, Ariz. - Isaac Wyler is one of the unwanted ones. For years, he has endured a cruel banishment from those he once considered brethren - followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Out here on the desert high plains, guarded by big-shouldered buttes, church outcasts are dismissed as apostates, ostracized in life and condemned to burn in hell after death. Wyler was among several members banished by church leader Warren Jeffs in 2004 for unspecified sins.
September 7, 2006 |
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who was arrested last week after two years on the run, made a court appearance by closed-circuit TV from the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane and told a judge in St. George he understood the charges against him. Jeffs, 50, is accused of being an accomplice to rape in arranging marriages between underage girls and older men.
July 28, 2006 |
A nephew of fugitive polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs has been jailed on contempt charges in Arizona -- the sixth person connected to Jeffs to refuse to answer questions before a federal grand jury. Officials at the Central Arizona Detention Facility in Florence said Benjamin Jeffs Nielsen, 25, was booked July 14. Jeffs has been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list since May. Subpoenas were first served in January on some Jeffs family members.
July 11, 2008 |
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was back in jail amid questions about what prompted his hospitalization in Las Vegas for treatment of a "weakened state of health," a Mohave County sheriff's official said. Jeffs, the 52-year-old leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was found in his Kingman cell Tuesday conscious but convulsive, shaking and running a fever.
September 18, 2007 |
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.
November 7, 2007 |
A polygamous-sect leader attempted to hang himself in jail in January, eight months before a jury convicted him of rape as an accomplice, according to documents released by a judge. The disclosure was in an evaluation by a mental-health expert. Eric Nielsen examined Warren Jeffs in April and found him depressed but fit for trial. The attempt was not disclosed in May when a judge released part of the report. Jeffs, 51, was convicted in September.
August 31, 2006 |
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be prosecuted first in Utah, then in Arizona, on charges that he arranged marriages of underage girls to older men, authorities said in Salt Lake City. Utah prosecutors agreed to try Jeffs first because they believed they had a stronger case and more serious charges, including two counts of rape by accomplice, which accuse Jeffs of forcing a girl to marry an older man and submit to him sexually.
September 6, 2006 |
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was flown from Las Vegas to Hurricane, where he will be housed in the Purgatory Correctional Facility while he faces felony sex charges involving the arranged marriage of an underage girl to an older man. An initial court appearance was scheduled today before 5th District Judge James L. Shumate. Jeffs, 50, was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list when he was arrested last month during a traffic stop near Las Vegas.
January 7, 2007 |
Attorneys for polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs will square off with a cadre of other lawyers in a Las Vegas federal court Monday over a cache of cash and evidence seized in Jeffs' August arrest. Among those wanting a look at evidence are attorneys for the United Effort Plan Trust, which holds $110 million in church property, and Shem Fischer, a former follower who sued Jeffs after being fired from his job. Jeffs, 51, is in a southern Utah county jail.
November 25, 2008 |
An elder of a polygamist sect and two other church members surrendered to authorities to face felony charges relating to the marriage of underage girls to older men. Frederick "Merril" Jessop, 72, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who oversaw its Yearning for Zion Ranch in west Texas, faces one count of conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor. One of his daughters was allegedly married at 12 to jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs and is now the only child from the ranch in foster care after her mother refused to cooperate with child welfare authorities.