Polygamist sect leader Jeffs due in Texas court today

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) -- Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is due back in a West Texas courtroom for his first pretrial hearing since being transferred from Utah.

Jeffs was scheduled to appear Wednesday in the San Angelo courtroom of state District Judge Barbara Walther. She has presided over the criminal cases stemming from the 2008 raid of the Yearning for Zion ranch in nearby Eldorado (el-doh-RAY'-doh).

Jeffs is charged with felony bigamy, aggravated sexual assault and assault. The 55-year-old was extradited to Texas last week and is being held without bail.

Issues at the hearing could include the possibility of moving the case to a new venue. A court clerk said that as of Tuesday afternoon, Jeffs had not filed any motions since arriving in Texas.

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