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Polygamist leader's estranged wife added to witness list in against polygamous towns

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PHOENIX — A judge presiding over a lawsuit that alleges religious discrimination by polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line has ruled that the estranged wife of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs can testify at a Jan. 19 trial.

Charlene Jeffs will be added to the witness list in the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit that alleges officials in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, served as an arm of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The sect broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when it disavowed polygamy more than 100 years ago.

Charlene Jeffs is one of the wives of Lyle Jeffs, brother of jailed church leader Warren Jeffs.

Lyle Jeffs is believed to run the sect's day-to-day operations.

The towns deny the Justice Department's allegations.

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