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Warren Jeffs Fathered Child With 15-Year-Old: Expert

DNA makes forensic expert '99.99%' certain polygamist is the father
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2011 3:59 PM CDT
Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Had Child With 15-Year-Old: DNA Expert
A forensic expert testified that she's "99.99%" certain polygamist leader Warren Jeffs fathered a child with a 15-year-old.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Warren Jeffs sure could use a good defense attorney right about now. A DNA expert testified today that there's a 99.99% chance that the embattled polygamist leader fathered a child with a 15-year-old girl, reports the AP. Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, fired his lawyers last week.

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The forensic analyst says that a DNA sample taken from the teen's child has 15 markers that match Jeffs. The 55-year-old is charged with sexual assault on the 15-year-old and a 12-year-old. In addition to dismissing his attorneys, he recently filed his third motion to remove Judge Barbara Walther from the case, calling her a "woman of evil intent." Just in case Walther didn't get the point, reports the San Angelo Standard-Times, Jeffs wrote: "Let also Barbara Walthers (sic) be of a humbling to know I have sent a crippling disease upon her which shall take her life soon." The motion was dismissed. (Read more Warren Jeffs stories.)

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