The prosecutionâ€™s main witness in the trial against William S. Jeffs, the leader of a Mormon polygamist sect, testified Thursday that Jeffs forced her into marriage in 2001 at the age of 14, the New York Times reported.
The witness, identified as Jane Doe, testified that Jeffs was â€śGod on earth to us,â€? according to The Guardian, and that she would forfeit her chance at the afterlife if she disobeyed him, according to the New York Times. Jeffs, 51, is charged with rape as an accomplice. The prosecution alleges that Jeffs forced Doe to marry her 19-year-old first cousin and pressured her into having sex with her husband, according to the Washington Post.
Doe testified again on Friday, saying that she begged for the ceremony to be postponed until she was 16 or for another man to be chosen, but Jeffs told her, â€śYour heart is in the wrong place; this is what the prophet wants you to do,â€? according to the Washington Post. At the wedding, Doe testified, she had to be persuaded through tears to say â€śI doâ€? and to kiss her husband, at which time Jeffs commanded them to â€śgo forth and multiply,â€? according to the Washington Post. Later, according to Doe, she told Jeffs she didnâ€™t like to be touched and begged him to release her from marriage, but he denied her divorce, according to the Washington Post.
Jeffs, who was on the FBIâ€™s most wanted list when he was arrested in August 2006, faces life in prison if convicted, according to the Washington Post.