Kingston Lawsuit May Not Go to Trial Till Next Year

Kingston Lawsuit May Not Go to Trial Till Next Year

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A lawsuit filed by the woman who escaped from the Kingston polygamous clan after being physically and sexually abused probably won't go to trial until at least next year.

Mary Ann Kingston was not present at a scheduling conference in the case today. She's suing 242 family members and more than 100 businesses operated by the group in and around the Salt Lake Valley for more than 110 (m) million dollars. Today the judge set a July deadline to have all the defendants served with the lawsuit.

The prosecution is pushing to have the case go to trial by the end of next year.

Kingston is suing for damages after being forced to marry her uncle when she was 16 and being beaten by her father for attempting to flee the relationship.

Both her father and her uncle-husband have served time in jail.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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