Published: Jul 28, 2011 7:22 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 6:22 PM EDT

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge says polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs can represent himself in his sexual assault trial but refused to delay opening statements.
    
Prosecutors say Jeffs' frequent switching of attorneys has been a delay tactic. He has had seven attorneys and on Thursday, the 55-year-old fired his latest defense team and asked District Judge Barbara Walther for permission to represent himself.
    
A jury was sworn in Thursday. Walther against a request to delay opening arguments until Monday. Instead, she told Jeffs and prosecutors they would be heard immediately after a lunch recess.
    
Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is charged with sexually assaulting two girls. If convicted he could go to prison for life.

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