August 4th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Jury in sect leader's trial hears tape of alleged rape of girl, 12

By Jim Kyle, In Session

San Angelo, Texas (CNN) - Court resumes Thursday in the sexual assault trial of Warren Jeffs, with the polygamous sect leader - who is representing himself - continuing his questioning of his first witness.

On Wednesday, Texas prosecutors rested their case after playing a key piece of evidence for jurors: an audiotape they allege documents Jeffs' sexual assault of a then-12-year-old girl in the presence of three other "wives."

One juror wiped her eyes as she listened to the recording. Another looked at Jeffs out of the corner of her eye. Still another had a hand covering her mouth.

Read the full story here on the latested in the Jeffs trial

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  1. Phillip Evans

    @Doc Vestibule

    "You're just itching for the Rapture, aren't you?"


    No rapture mentioned.

    CONCLUSION: you rwason illogically.


    January 30, 2012 at 10:53 am |
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    I agree completely..

    December 13, 2011 at 11:59 am |
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    December 10, 2011 at 3:59 am |
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    That was some illustrative piece of writing...

    November 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  5. agence de referencement haute savoie

    You'r exactly right with this one

    October 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  6. mmd forum

    Am I trying to stuff them or get them onto the amazon site? http://ow.ly/69GLq?e=644l93

    August 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Rezki

      cmeandwatch Posted on @SWEETloveer01 this is not a Hindu wniddeg regardless of what you say a Hindu wniddeg is when we take 7 rounds around the sacred fire which promised 7 things also promises the next 7 lives together we dont take vows by telling we take our vows by the 7 promises in a Sikh wniddeg they take 4 rounds bt instead of a sacred fire there is the Guru Granth Sahib ..this is based on a Christian wniddeg not Hindu wniddeg

      March 2, 2012 at 1:41 am |

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    August 6, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  8. TruthMatters

    Truth will stand, justice will prevail, and innocent victims will be healed and made strong forever. God is sovereign and the days of this world is numbered.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You're just itching for the Rapture, aren't you?
      When God bodily transports each and every true Christian up to Heaven – those select who live their lives charitably, humbly and without passing judgement – I'm sure the world will miss both of them.

      August 5, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • fred

      Make that three I am going up too !
      You do know your scripture which is a real plus as Jesus said " the gate is narrow and few will find their way"
      Would you like a ticket to join the 3 of us? It is a free gift......

      August 5, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • TruthMatters

      You two are stupid. You should read the Bible if you have time to post your garbages.

      August 5, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • HeavenSent

      There is no such event called the RAPTURE in the Bible. The Rapture theory is man made. Not God's truth.

      Jesus comes back to earth. Not that we physically (human body) meet Him in the air. What is meant by this passage is when Jesus returns we are all back in spiritual form.

      Stop listening to folks making up scriptures.


      August 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • TruthMatters

      @Fake HeavenSent: There is rapture; read I & II Corinthians, I & II Thessalonians and Revelation. Christians never make things up. It's called systematic theology from the Bible.

      August 6, 2011 at 3:04 am |
    • Haime52

      Rapture, yes. Secret, no!

      August 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  9. Bo

    _______________________________________________________________ For those who care; Jeff has been ruled guilty by the jury. They say he comdemed himself with his own words. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    August 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  10. GSA

    Hopefully he will end up jail for a long time and his cell mate will give him an idea of how that little girl felt when he violated her.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  11. William Demuth

    I am going to get a copy of this tape and email to everyone on Facebook, so they can hear Christianity at its finest.

    Frankly, we should gas this dirt bag and put his followers in a looney bin for deprograming

    August 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      William, Jeffs belongs in your category of BIG egos, spiritually stunted, refusing to go humble, hating Jesus because he wants to be God.


      August 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Rita

      @William Demuth...These people are not Christians anymore than they are Jewish or followers of Islam. They are a break-off sect of the Mormon Chuch (also not Christian). I do, however, agree that the gas chamber would be a suitable punishment for this guy!

      August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics


      William, Jeffs belongs in your category of BIG egos, spiritually stunted, refusing to go humble, hating Jesus because he wants to be God.

      laurie aka HeavenSent, you just described most christians

      August 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • O Canada

      Canada was created by Christians to spread the Christian religion to the entire world. Everything about Canada's finding says so just like USA's does. The West got nothing good or worth apart from Christianity. Present secular Westerners are creatures without functioning conscience.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:26 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Anti Christian TS, most folks are on the wide path by not going humble.

      P.S. If you put $$$ on thinking I am someone named Laurie, you lost your funds.


      August 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  12. The Bobinator

    This is why faith needs to be examined. Jeffs may have been an evil man looking to abuse a situation or he could genuinely believe what he did was ok.

    Just because it's written in your holy book doesn't mean it's true. It needs to stand up to critical examination.

    Remember, the truth has nothing to fear from being investigated and questioned.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      True. Some of it has to come down to belief, otherwise, it's not faith.

      See, I don't have a problem with polygamy or per se, or anything else occuring in someone else's bedroom, as long as it's consentual between two adults.

      Obviously, 12 year olds do not fall under the "consenting adults" category.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • History

      The Bible-less barbaric Westerners used to kill children for their pagan gods and Christians stopped all that. It's that way everwhere around the world. Without Christians, mankind lived as pure hopeless sa-va-ges. America is going back to barbarism as more population in USA opposes the Christian sanity. America will go down.

      August 5, 2011 at 5:37 am |
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