FLDS Church faithful left the courthouse without commenting after the verdict was read. Jeffs showed no reaction in court.
Defense attorneys left the courthouse without commenting on the verdict. Defense attorney Wally Bugden did say he planned to appeal the jury's decision.
This morning the jury and attorneys had returned to the courthouse for another day of deliberations. But it was soon announced that the eight-member jury deliberating in Jeffs' case ran into a problem resulting in one female member being dismissed and replaced with one of four alternates.
The dismissal meant jury deliberations started over.
The jury that deliberated the case was comprised of five men and three women. The four alternates were all women.
The alternates sat through all in-court proceedings of the trial. Since deliberations began last Friday, they had been free to return to their normal activities, but they were admonished by the court to refrain from talking about the case and to avoid exposure to news media coverage about it.
Jeffs, 51, was charged with two first-degree felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in conducting a 2001 spiritual marriage between an unwilling 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin, which eventually led to sex between the two.
Washington County prosecutors say Wall, now 21 and married to another man, would never have even kissed her cousin, Allen Steed, if Jeffs hadn't ordered her to do so. Under Utah law, a 14-year-old can consent to sexual intercourse. However, such activity is considered rape if the other person is three years or more older and the 14-year-old is enticed or lured into having sex.
Wall testified her stepfather arranged the marriage, that Jeffs would not stop it, and that her mother insisted she go through with it. Three weeks after the wedding ceremony and a short honeymoon, Wall said her new husband forced her to have sex. Wall admitted she never reported a rape or told her mother or sisters she was being raped.
Steed, who is now 26, testified he tried hard to be a good husband, never forced his young wife into sex and sought counsel from Jeffs as his spiritual leader. Steed's version of what happened the first time the couple had sex differed starkly from Wall's testimony, saying Wall initiated sex by rolling up next to him and asking if he loved her.Bugden also pointed to Jeffs during his closing statement, telling the jury that the case wasn't about sex; it was about Jeffs' religion. He also noted Wall had filed a civil lawsuit against Jeffs and the FLDS Church.
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