Recaptured Polygamous Sect Leader’s Fraud Trial Delayed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A judge is agreeing to a short trial delay for a Utah polygamous sect leader caught recently after a year on the run.
U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said in a Friday ruling he will give defense attorneys an extra month to determine if Lyle Jeffs suffered brain damage in past accidents.
Jeffs is now set to face charges in a suspected multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme on October 23.
Defense attorneys had wanted a longer delay, citing the complexity of the case and Jeffs’ possible memory loss.
Prosecutors pushed back, saying Jeffs hasn’t show signs of impairment.
Jeffs was recaptured in South Dakota this summer while apparently living out of his pickup truck. He had been a fugitive since escaping home confinement in Salt Lake City in June 2016.