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Jeffs' lawyer says he'll challenge search in Texas

Jeffs' lawyer says he'll challenge search in Texas



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KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) -- A lawyer for polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs says he plans to fight the use of any evidence seized during a raid on the sect's Texas ranch at his trial in Arizona.

Attorney Mike Piccarreta says he told a judge at a court hearing in Kingman Friday that he plans to challenge the search because it was based on a call that Texas authorities should have known was a hoax.

The main focus of the hearing was a defense effort to have the case against Jeffs sent back to a grand jury for reconsideration. Mohave County Judge Steven Conn said he'll rule on that next week.

Jeffs is charged as an accomplice with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor stemming from the marriages of two girls and their older male relatives.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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