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Warren Jeffs Refuses Deposition Questions

Warren Jeffs Refuses Deposition Questions



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Jailed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has refused to provide a former follower with information about his wife and son.

Jeffs was interviewed under oath Friday at the Washington County jail by attorneys for Wendell Musser, but provided no substantive information.

Attorney Roger Hoole says Jeffs invoked the Fifth Amendment -- refusing to answer questions on the grounds that he would incriminate himself.

Musser filed a civil lawsuit against Jeffs in May seeking his family's whereabouts. He says Jeffs split him from his wife and toddler son last July after Musser was arrested for drunk-driving.

At the time, Musser was serving as a caretaker for some of Jeffs' wives while the church leader was on the run from police.

The 51-year-old Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He's in jail pending an unrelated criminal trial on charges of rape as an accomplice.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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