Trial in polygamist sect raid halted

Oct 30 2009 - 2:16pm


ELDORADO, Texas -- The first criminal trial stemming from the raid of a polygamist group's West Texas ranch last year has come to an abrupt halt.

The judge in the sexual assault trial of 38-year-old Raymond Jessop recessed indefinitely Thursday after a Schleicher (SHLYE'-kur) County juror's young child developed flulike symptoms. State District Judge Barbara Walther says the child is under age 5, has a high fever and may have swine flu.

The trial is recessed until at least Friday.

The halt came after the first witness, an investigator, testified to finding a 16-year-old girl with four women and numerous children at a log cabin-style house during the early days of the April 2008 raid.

Jessop is charged with sexual assault of a child for an alleged marriage to the 16-year-old in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


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