Accountant defends sale of cows from S. Utah farm

Accountant defends sale of cows from S. Utah farm

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The court-appointed accountant in charge of a polygamous church property trust is defending the sale of cows from a southern Utah church dairy in the midst of settlement negotiations.

In 3rd District Court filings late Wednesday, attorneys for Bruce Wisan say the cash-poor United Effort Plan Trust needed an infusion of money to pay off debts. Wisan got $360,000 from the sale of cows from Harker Farm in Beryl.

The farm is a key asset in a settlement proposal that would return control of the trust and it assets to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, led by Warren Jeffs.

Wisan's attorneys want a judge to toss out a complaint about the sale made by church members. Sect members say the June 2 sale guts the farm of critical assets and decimates its value.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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