Texas law enforcement set for interview in Jeffs case

KINGMAN - Dates have been set for the interview of three Texas law enforcement officials by Warren Jeffs' attorneys.

Jeffs, former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saintspolygamist sect based in the Arizona Strip and bordering Utah, was indicted in August by a Texas grand jury on charges of sexual assault and bigamy in connection with the raid.

He is awaiting trial on four felony charges of accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor. Four charges of incest were dismissed against Jeffs in May.

Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran and Deputy John Connor will be interviewed on Dec. 16 at an attorney's office in San Angelo, Texas, and Texas Ranger Brooks Long will be interviewed on Dec. 17.

Jeffs' attorneys - Richard Wright and Michael Piccarreta - in October asked Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn to order the interviews after repeated attempts to schedule interviews with the officers had failed.

Conn ruled on Oct. 28 that the three officers must submit to interviews or be deposed within 60 days.

Piccarreta argued that he and Wright had a right to interview the Texas officers, since they had been in contact with Arizona law enforcement.

County Attorney Matt Smith said his office had no plans to use evidence from the Texas raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in the cases in Mohave County.

Smith said he was willing to vow in court that the CAO would not use evidence from Texas in cases against Jeffs, if the court and the defense would drop the motion to depose Texas officers. He said having Arizona attorneys depose the Texas officers could hurt the case.