Ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing set for Jeffs

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A Utah judge has set an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing date for im­pris­oned polyg­a­mous church leader War­ren Jeffs, who is fac­ing mul­ti­ple felony charges in Texas.

Jeffs re­fused to sign ex­tra­di­tion pa­pers that Texas au­thor­i­ties de­liv­ered to him last month at the Utah State Prison.

Utah courts spokes­woman Nancy Volmer said Jeffs will be asked to sign the pa­pers again at a July 27 hear­ing be­fore 3rd District Judge Terry Chris­tiansen.

If Jeffs de­clines, Volmer said an­other hear­ing would likely be set.

Texas au­thor­i­ties have charged Jeffs with bigamy, sex­ual as­sault of a child and ag­gra­vated as­sault. The charges stem from what pros­e­cu­tors say were two un­der­age mar­riages be­tween Jeffs and girls ages 17 and 15 in 2005. Au­thor­i­ties say they found ev­i­dence of the unions in a raid on a church ranch near the West Texas town of El­do­rado in 2008.

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