Jeffs omnibus hearing moved

KINGMAN - Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn has issued a court order moving an omnibus hearing for Warren Jeffs in the case from Monday, May 19, to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

Jeffs, former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, is facing four counts of sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of incest in two separate cases. The court is considering a motion to dismiss the four counts of incest.

According to court records, his attorneys are arguing that Arizona Revised Statues require both the victim and the suspect involved in an incest case to be at least 18 years old. The alleged victims were both under the age of 18 when the incidents occurred.

His attorneys also argue that the victims and Jeffs are not related closely enough to meet the state requirement for incest. Arizona Revised Statutes prohibits the marriage of half-blood brothers and sisters and the marriage of first cousins, but it does not specifically prohibit the marriage of half-blood cousins.

According to the attorneys' argument, Jeffs and the victims are half-blood cousins and do not meet the ARS requirements for incest.

Jeffs is in the Mohave County Jail on all of the charges. He arrived in Kingman in February following a November conviction in Utah on rape as an accomplice charges that stemmed from his involvement in an arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin in Washington County, Utah.

Conn dismissed a 2005 case involving Jeffs after the alleged victim, Candi Shapley, refused to testify.