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Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs To Continue Questioning His First Witness Thursday

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Aug. 4 2011, Published 10:30 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Senior Reporter

& Neil Woulfe - News Director

Court resumes Thursday in the sensational trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who’s accused of sexual assaulting two underage girls.  Jeffs, who’s acting as his own attorney, will continue questioning  his first witness -- a member of his church.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in the case presented their last piece of evidence in his trial on Wednesday -- a chilling recording of him having sex with a 12-year-old girl who he claims was his "spiritual wife."

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The polygamist cult leader's voice can be clearly heard on the shocking recording, ordering the little girl to "take your clothes off," as she is heard crying.

Jeffs is then heard asking the child: "How do you feel, doesn't it feel good?"

The 55-year-old continues to coach the girl throughout the ordeal, advising her to "just don't think about the pain."

Jeffs is on trial in Texas for sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, but he claims they were his wives in a spiritual marriage.

There were reportedly other people present in the room during the "marriage consummation" and prosecutors claim that women in the cult were holding the little girl down as Jeffs raped her.

At one point, Jeffs is heard ordering "the rest of you back away," and the horrific fact that they likely tied-up the little girl during her assault was made apparent.

There were other sounds on the tape that suggest that the two were having sex.

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The graphic recording shocked jurors, one of whom dabbed her eyes with a tissue while the audio was played.

At another juncture, Jeffs orders the girl "to feel his presence...the spirit of God," on the recording.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday and Jeffs began presenting his defense by calling his first witness -- a member of his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Check back with for continuing coverage of the Warren Jeffs trial.



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