Hearing set after Utah court reverses FLDS leader Warren Jeffs' convictions

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial.

The 54-year-old Jeffs was convicted by a southern Utah jury in 2007 of two counts of first-degree felony rape as an accomplice for his role in the 2001 nuptials of a 14-year-old follower to her 19-year-old cousin.

Jeffs is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The group practices polygamy in marriages arranged by church leaders. The church is based on the Utah-Arizona state line.

Jeffs is serving two consecutive terms of five years to life in the Utah State Prison on the convictions.

The court ruled Tuesday that jury instructions on lack of consent were in error.

A hearing has been set for Aug. 18 at the St. George Courthouse with Judge James Shumate.

Jeffs also faces criminal charges in Texas.

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