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Some Polygamist Men Won't Seek to Move Trials from West Texas

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - Some polygamist sect men facing charges in West Texas have indicated they won't seek to move their trials from Eldorado.  

Houston attorney Kent Schaffer represents a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member facing bigamy charges. Schaffer says at this point he doesn't intend to seek to move the trial.  Other defense lawyers and a church spokesman have also indicated they don't plan to ask a judge to move the trials from Schleicher County.  

Eleven men are charged with felonies including sexual assault of a child, bigamy, conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor and tampering with evidence.  A 12th man, the sect's doctor, is charged with failure to report child abuse.  

No trial dates have been set.  County Clerk Peggy Williams estimates it's been at least a decade since the courthouse in Eldorado has had a jury trial.

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