Arizona polygamous sect leader Samuel Bateman will represent himself in trial

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — While the infamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints religious leader, Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life in prison years ago on child sex abuse charges related to underage marriages, another man, Samuel Bateman, split off and became a self-proclaimed prophet. Now, he is facing more than 50 felonies along with other women for crimes, including sexual acts against children. It’s never encouraged by attorneys for a defendant to represent themselves because it’s a liability as to what they’ll say and how that will come across to a jury. Still, Bateman isn’t the first to do it from the FLDS polygamist group. “It’s a really ugly story,” said Mike Watkiss, host and author of “The Story Hustler.” “The past is now the present. This promises to be a fascinating trial.”

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