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Trial for Last of 8 Accused Polygamists Delayed

Trial for Last of 8 Accused Polygamists Delayed

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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Trial for the last of eight Colorado City men charged with sex crimes for taking underage plural wives has been delayed until September.

Rodney Holm, 40, is charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Trial for the former Colorado City police officer was delayed this week until Sept. 5. He has pleaded not guilty.

Sentencing for another of the eight defendants, Dale Evans Barlow, 49, was reset for Aug. 17. Barlow pleaded no contest in April to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor and a charge of sexual conduct with a minor was dismissed. Under terms of a plea deal, Barlow faces a possible sentence of up to one year in county jail and probation for up to three years. A judge must also decide if Barlow must register as a sex offender.

The eight men are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, based in Colorado City and nearby Hildale, Utah. The FLDS church practices polygamy and represents itself as an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church, based in Salt Lake City. The Mormons, however, disavow any connection and renounced polygamy in 1890 as a condition of statehood.

The sect's leader, Warren Steed Jeffs, 51, is currently in custody in Hurricane, Utah, facing a September trial on two felony counts of rape as an accomplice related to a 2001 arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.

Jeffs is also charged in Mohave County with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor in a 2005 case, and earlier this month county prosecutors announced his indictment on eight additional felony charges related to marrages he alledgedly arranged between older men and underage girls.

Of the remaining six FLDS members originally charged in 2005, one was acquitted, charges were dropped against two men, and three others were convicted at trial or pleaded guilty.


Information from: Kingman Daily Miner

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

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