Members of the polygamous sect whose Schleicher County compound was raided by Child Protective Services and law enforcement last April will testify Tuesday at a hearing in which legislators will review the state’s actions.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been invited to send a witness to the House Human Services Committee hearing on the raid, sect spokesman Willie Jessop said, but is still deciding who will testify for the group.
“They have given us a formal invitation to testify,” Jessop said. “We’re kind of in shock. … We’re pleasantly surprised.”
The FLDS will join the head of the department that led the April 2008 action and a leader of the legal group that fought it, among others, in testifying before the nine-member panel, which includes San Angelo Republican Drew Darby, a staunch supporter of the action.
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