The trial of two fundamentalist church leaders charged with polygamy wrapped up in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday, with the crown arguing the bulk of marriage and personal records entered as evidence corroborate each other.
Prosecutor Peter Wilson rejected suggestions from the defence that those records were unreliable in the trial of Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler.
Both men are from the fundamentalist community of Bountiful in southeastern British Columbia, where residents are known for practicing a religion that condones so-called plural marriage.
Blackmore’s indictment lists 24 alleged marriages between 1990 and 2014, and Oler is accused of having five wives between 1993 and 2009.
Oler was acquitted of charges involving sneaking a young girl across the border as an alleged child bride earlier this year.
Justice Sheri Donegan said she will set a date next week for her decision, but it will still be months away.
Polygamy charges against Blackmore and Oler were thrown out in 2009 after a judge ruled former Attorney General Wally Oppal had gone out of his way to find a lawyer who would press charges.
Those charges were once again approved back in 2014 by Wilson himself.
Both Blackmore and Oler served as bishops for the Utah-based Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.