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Attorneys Prepare for Closing Arguments in Jeffs Trial

Attorneys Prepare for Closing Arguments in Jeffs Trial



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(KSL News) Attorneys in the Warren Jeffs case will not be in court today. Instead, they'll prepare their closing statements.

The defense wrapped up its case yesterday with the testimony of Allen Steed, the man the alleged victim says she was forced to marry.

Defense attorney Walter Bugden asked Steed, "Who would you say was the boss in this relationship?"

Steed answered, "I would have liked to have thought that I was."

Allen Steed
Allen Steed (Photo: (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, Pool))

Steed admitted his wife was concerned about being married and resisted intimacy, but he says he never forced himself on her and said she finally initiated intimacy in the marriage.

But prosecutors took issue with his testimony, pushing him hard over why his recollection of the intimacy is the complete opposite of what his ex-wife testified to.

After prosecutors cross-examined Steed, they called a rebuttal witness to the stand.

Jane Blackmore is a midwife who treated the alleged victim in Canada after a late-term miscarriage.

"She told me that she had been coerced to getting married," Blackmore said.

She testified the woman said she was not ready to be a mother, and she hid the pregnancy from her husband.

Closing statements in the case will be presented tomorrow, and the jury should have the case by tomorrow afternoon.

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