Former FLDS member takes stand in trial

Nov 4 2009 - 2:35pm

ELDORADO, Texas -- A former member of a polygamist sect has taken the stand in the sexual assault trial of the first group member tried since Texas authorities raided the group's ranch last year.

Rebecca Musser left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2002, before the church bought the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. But she said Wednesday that jailed leader Warren Jeffs kept detailed notes on his interactions with church members because he believed God would hold him accountable.

Jeffs' detailed notes are likely to be a key part of the prosecution's case against 38-year-old Raymond Jessop. Jessop is charged with sexual assault of a child, stemming from his alleged marriage to an underage girl.

 

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