Utah drops case against polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah prosecutors are dropping charges against a polygamist sect leader serving a life sentence in Texas in a separate case.

The Utah attorney general's office tells The Associated Press that Washington County prosecutors will not seek to retry Warren Jeffs on two felony charges of rape by accomplice -- a 2007 conviction that was overturned last year by the Utah Supreme Court.

The Utah Supreme Court cited improper jury instructions for reversing Jeffs' conviction. Paul Murphy, a spokesman for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, says the Utah Supreme Court provided no guidance that would make another trial possible.

Murphy says Jeffs is already serving a life sentence in Texas and there was little to gain by pursuing the Utah case.