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Recaptured polygamous sect leader's fraud trial delayed

Posted August 4

— The recaptured leader of a polygamous sect accused of running a Utah and Arizona food stamp fraud scheme has won a one-month trial delay so lawyers can try to determine if he suffered memory loss or brain damage in two late 1990s accidents.

U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart approved an Oct. 23 trial date for Lyle Jeffs, pushing it back from Sept. 18.

Jeffs was arrested in February 2016 but became a fugitive after he slipped of an ankle monitoring device in in June of that year.

He was caught in South Dakota on June 14 after pawn shop workers spotted him and called police.

Jeffs' lawyer Kathryn Nester has said he suffered head injuries in 1997 when he fell at a construction site and in a 1998 car accident.

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