A 2007 conviction for conspiracy to rape was later overturned, but Jeffs is awaiting a retrial in Utah where officials have said he could be tried in Texas before the retrial takes place. Jeffs, part of a breakaway Mormon sect that married young girls to church leaders, was arrested in 2006 while he was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. He was convicted by a Utah court of two counts of conspiracy to rape, including using his religious influence to force a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin. He received two five-year to life terms. Last month the Utah Supreme Court ordered a retrial, ruling that the judge did not give instructions to the jury correctly at the original trial.
Officials in Texas now want Jeffs and four unnamed men to go on trial over the sexual assault of girls under the age of 17. The indictment lodged in 2008 accuses Jeffs of assaulting a child in January 2005.
Jeffs, currently incarcerated at the Utah state prison, is head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The 10,000-member sect, which dominates the towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, split from the mainstream Mormon Church more than a century ago.