Texas authorities are actively trying to extradite FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs from Utah so he may stand trial in the Lone Star State. That doesn’t mean, however, that his case has become their only concern.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, for YFZ Ranch defendant Wendell Loy Nielsen in Judge Barbara Walther’s courtroom in San Angelo.
Nielsen, 69, succeeded Jeffs as president of the FLDS Church in January of this year, according to documents filed with the State of Utah. He was indicted by a Schleicher County grand jury on November 12, 2008, on three counts of Bigamy.
Nielsen is a long-time supporter and close lieutenant of Warren Jeffs and his father, Rulon Jeffs. At one time, he owned Western Precision, Inc., a manufacturing company with a 55,266 sq. ft. state-of-the-art plant, located on 3.3 acres of land in Hildale, Utah. The company made numerous items, including parts for military aircraft and medical equipment.