Con­victed sect leader seeks a new trial

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - RELIGION -

GRANT, N.M. >> A leader in a ru­ral New Mex­ico para­mil­i­tary re­li­gious sect con­victed of kid­nap­ping and sex­ual abuse is seek­ing a new trial.

Lawyers for Deb­o­rah Green, leader of the Ag­gres­sive Chris­tian­ity Mis­sions Train­ing Corps, filed a mo­tion re­cently after they say prose­cu­tors did not dis­close spe­cific ev­i­dence, the Gallup In­de­pen­dent re­ports.

Green is serv­ing a 72-year prison sen­tence after be­ing found guilty of eight counts con­nected to the al­leged kid­nap­ping, phys­i­cal and sex­ual abuse of a young girl from Uganda.

In a mo­tion filed by the Har­ri­son & Hart law firm of Al­bu­querque, at­tor­ney Ni­cholas Hart asked the court to va­cate the 2018 jury ver­dict and prison sen­tence and or­der a new trial.

Lawyers say a 2006 psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sess­ment of a girl from Uganda “showed no signs psy­cho­log­i­cally of be­ing trau­ma­tized or de­pressed and de­nied abuse.”

While the state pre­vi­ously dis­closed a sum­mary of the doc­tor’s eval­u­a­tion, it failed to seek or ac­tu­ally dis­close any records re­lated to the ac­tual exam, Hart stated. Those med­i­cal records are now un­der­go­ing an in-cam­era re­view be­fore 13th Ju­di­cial District Judge Amanda Vil­lalo­bos in a re­lated case.

Deb­o­rah Green and her hus­band, James, also a co-leader of the sect, were ar­rested in Au­gust 2017 after au­thor­i­ties raided the Ag­gres­sive Chris­tian­ity Mis­sions Train­ing Corps’ se­cluded Fence Lake com­pound in western New


Deb­o­rah Green looks to the door­way of the court­room as au­thor­i­ties take her into cus­tody in Grants, N.M.

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