Sources: FLDS leaders ousted by Warren Jeffs

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 23 at 5:30 PM

COLORADO CITY, Utah - New developments from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as sources tell 3TV's Mike Watkiss dozens of prominent men have been ousted.

Sources say incarcerated leader Warren Jeffs has kicked dozens of prominent men out of the FLDS church.

Those recently kicked out include David Zitting, the elected mayor or Hilldale, Utah; Willie Jessop, an enforcer; and Merrill Jessop, the leader of the YFZ Ranch.

Jeffs did this all while behind bars in Texas.

The purging was similar to 2004 when Jeffs kicked well-respected and longtime Mayor Dan Barlow out of the church.

Sources say he did this because after being transferred from a Utah jail, he now has access to a phone in the Texas jail where he is currently being held.

Many think the purge demonstrates his deepening paranoia that his leadership is threatened as he remains behind bars for what could be the rest of his life.

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