Alleged DeKalb cult leader continues rape trial from jail because of COVID-19 concerns

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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – An alleged cult leader left a DeKalb County courtroom on Thursday so he could finish his trial from jail due to COVID-19 concerns.

Eligio Bishop is accused of raping one of his followers.

During the trial, a courtroom official tested positive for COVID, which delayed the trial for a day and a half.

Bishop said despite the break, he didn’t want to be in the courtroom and would participate via Zoom.

Several of the defense’s witnesses testified on Thursday. The jury heard from current followers of Bishop, who gave insight on what life was like in the alleged polygamist group Carbon Nation, claiming they were not being held against their will or mistreated.

One of those witnesses was removed from the courtroom after giving his testimony, due to ongoing outbursts in defense of Bishop.

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