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Polygamist sect leader Jeffs back in Texas court

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is expected back in court in West Texas after firing his attorney during his last appearance.

Jeffs is scheduled to be in court Monday for what would be his sixth pretrial appearance since being extradited to Texas in November. During his last appearance, Jeffs fired his attorney and state District Judge Barbara Walther appointed new counsel.

Texas prosecutors have accused the 55-year-old Jeffs of trying to stall his Feb. 21 trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault. The trial has already been pushed back once.

Jeffs is the ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Prosecutors say Jeffs had sex with two children at the Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado that state authorities raided in 2008.

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