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Victim scheduled to testify against Colorado City's Randolph Barlow

KINGMAN - Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn ruled on Monday that Colorado City man Randolph Barlow will go to trial on Aug. 29 facing two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Barlow, 32, is the only one of the eight Colorado City men facing sexual assault charges.

The rest face charges of sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Unlike the other Colorado City cases in which no victims from the polygamous community are likely to testify before the jury, County Attorney Matt Smith told Conn that the victim of the case, Candi Shapley, should testify.

Other key witnesses include the victim's sister, county investigators and former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a sect that claims their religion allows the practice of polygamy or plural marriage.

Smith proposed an eight-member jury for the case and suggested the trial might go as long as four days. Defense attorney Bruce Griffen agreed with Smith's estimation.

Barlow, Shapley's representative and Griffen all took part in the case management hearing by telephone.

While Conn talked about the jury selection with both attorneys, Barlow jumped in and tried to defend himself.

He asked Conn for his fax number and claimed to fax Conn something that could address his case. Conn said he had to talk to Barlow's attorney first before the materials could reach his desk.

Griffen, who had denied having communication problems with clients in earlier interviews, appeared unprepared for Barlow's requirements and tried to calm him down on the phone in the presence of the prosecutor and members of the media.

Shapley testified before a grand jury in person in Mohave County last year that Barlow had sex with her against her will.

She said she was told to marry Barlow by her parents under the instruction of Warren Jeffs, the prophet of FLDS, when she was still 16 years old. She had never met Barlow before.

According to Shapley, she was later forced to move in to Barlow's trailer home to live with Barlow, his first wife and several kids.

When Barlow tried to have sex with her, Shapley told him clearly she was not ready to have a child. "Barlow did not care. He did it anyway," Shapley told the grand jury.


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