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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Prosecutors have three primary witnesses and more than 1,000 documents as they prepare for a court hearing to determine whether a polygamous-sect leader goes to trial.

The information was disclosed this week in response to a request from Warren Jeffs' defense team.

Jeffs, 50, is charged with rape as an accomplice by arranging a marriage between an underage girl and an older man.

Jeffs, who is in jail in Hurricane, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Nov. 21 in 5th District Court in Washington County.

The prosecution's key witness is a woman identified as Jane Doe. She claims Jeffs directed her to enter a spiritual marriage to an older man and forced her to have sexual intercourse.

Prosecutors also listed Sgt. Shauna Jones and Deputy Matt Fischer of the Washington County sheriff's office. The documents include statements made by Jeffs.

Jeffs is leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which practices polygamy. Most of the 10,000 members live in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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