A polygamy trial for the leader of a religious sect in B.C.’s southern interior is set to begin in Cranbrook today.
Winston Blackmore heads a breakaway Mormon group in the remote community of Bountiful in the East Kootenay, and is accused of having two dozen wives over a 25-year period.
Blackmore is facing charges along with James Oler, who allegedly married four women between 1993 and 2009.
The two men became leaders of separate factions in Bountiful when the community split around a decade ago.
Oler was acquitted earlier this year of sneaking a young girl across the border as an alleged child bride.
Polygamy charges against Blackmore and Oler were thrown out back in 2009 after a judge ruled then-Attorney General Wally Opal had gone “prosecutor shopping” to find a lawyer who would lay charges.
With files from The Canadian Press