SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah judge has ordered imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to give a deposition in a sex abuse case.
KUTV-TV reports that District Judge G. Michael Westfall in St. George on Tuesday ordered Jeffs to provide the deposition from prison in Texas.
Jeffs and a community trust that once belonged to a polygamous sect run by Jeffs on the Utah-Arizona border were sued in 2017 by a woman who says she was sexually abused by Jeffs when she was a child.
Lawsuits for the trust argued that Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown and isn’t fit to testify, while the woman’s attorney said there’s no evidence that Jeffs isn’t mentally competent.
Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting girls he considered brides.