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Day 6: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial

jojola_1KOB-TV Investigative Reporter Jeremy Jojola is in Taos, New Mexico covering the Wayne Bent trial.  Jojola continues to make contributions here as a special correspondent to Beyond90Seconds.com. His e-mails, text, pics and even some of his Twitter updates will appear below.  I’ll also include the time (MST) the information was sent to this blog.

9:18am (MST)
(Picture from inside of courtroom sent w/this update will appear here shortly.)

Taken@ 9:14…. Waiting for jury….

9:32am (MST)
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

Waiting in courtroom for Judge/Jury for Bent trial to resume….snowing in Taos, about one to two inches on ground. Bent followers wait too / 12 minutes ago

Brief session in court this morning for Bent trial. Jury resumes deliberations. / 4 minutes ago

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9:47am (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola just phoned-in with a brief update.  Will post it here shortly.)

10:12am (MST)
(AUDIO:  Phone update from Jeremy Jojola filed at 9:39am MST today.)

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10:38am MST
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

Court to be called back into session. Word that there is a verdict…..update to come. / less than 10 seconds ago

10:44am (MST)

Stand by for verdict.. / half a minute ago

10:52am (MST)
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

guilty on one count criminal sexual contact, guilty on two counts contrib. to del. of minor, not guilty on one count of sex contact

11:00am (MST)
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

3/4 counts guilty, not guilty on first count of csc of minor / 7 minutes ago

Bent will remain on house arrest / 6 minutes ago

12:56pm (MST)
(I’ve just finished a phone interview with Jeremy Jojola.  He reports that sentencing is scheduled for December 29th.  Audio of the phone interview will be posted shortly.)

1:07pm (MST)
(Jeremy’s e-mail response to my question, “Will Bent remain under house arrest until sentencing?”)

Yes.  Will stay on house arrest.

1:12pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola’s noon MST live report from Taos for KOB-TV.  His interview w/Beyond90Seconds.com still to come…)

1:53pm (MST)
(AUDIO:  Jeremy Jojola’s interview conducted at 12:43pm MST with Beyond90Seconds.com following the verdicts in the Wayne Bent trial.)

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1:54pm (MST)
(Although I wrap-up my interview with Jeremy by stating that the interview completes the Beyond90Seconds.com Wayne Bent trial coverage, I do realize the sentencing phase awaits on December 29.  Of course, this blog will cover that development, too.)

7:10pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola’s 5pm MST live report for KOB-TV appears below.  This story includes interviews with Wayne Bent and Jeff Bent.)




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Day 4: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial

NM vs. Wayne Bent / December 11, 2008

jojola_1KOB-TV Investigative Reporter Jeremy Jojola continues to make contributions here as a special correspondent to Beyond90Seconds.com. Jojola’s e-mails, text, pics and even some of his Twitter updates will appear below.  I’ll also include the time (MST) the information was sent to this blog.

9:18am (MST)
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

Bent trial resumes 9 minutes ago

9:41am (MST)

Gabriel Travesser, current church member, on the stand for Defense
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10:21am (MST)
(From Jeremy’s Jojola’s Twitter page.)

Gabriel Travesser: people have “twisted” the view of his church / 13 minutes ago

10:44am (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola has just filed a phone report with Beyond90Seconds.com.  He reports that court is currently in a 15-minutes recess.  Gabriel Travesser has finished testifying.  Jeremy Jojola sees former LOR member Prudence Welch just outside the courthouse.  Jeremy’s phone report will appear here shortly as an audio/mp3 file.)

11:06am (MST)
(AUDIO:  Jeremy Jojola’s phone report to Beyond90Seconds.com appears below.  Jeremy filed the report at 10:38am MST today.)

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11:09am (MST)

Allasso Travesser on stand, current church member, says he kissed Wayne Bent on lips during religious experience.  Sounds like defense is trying to establish that Bent kisses everyone

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12:19pm (MST)
(Court is now in recess for lunch.  Just spoke with Jeremy Jojola.  Some interesting “behind the scenes” insights shared by Jojola.  I’ll post the audio here shortly.)

12:57pm (MST)
(AUDIO:  Interview with Jeremy Jojola conducted at 12:08pm MST appears below.)

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1:20pm (MST)
(Last night, I asked Jeremy Jojola asked if he could send me a picture of the KOB-TV satellite truck at the Wayne Bent trial.  He took the photo below today.  Suddenly, “timely”.)

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1:16pm (MST)

Bent just took the stand

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1:39 (MST)
(From Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

Bent on stand. Denies touching “intimate” parts of alleged victims

1:54PM (MST)

Bent: youngest girl wanted to be “skin-to-skin” with me
Bent says he doesn’t remember kissing alleged victims but doesn’t deny it may have happened. Says he kisses everyone.
Bent: I put hand on sternum of alleged victim.


2:01pm (MST)
(…more
Twitter.)

Bent says he doesn’t remember much about statements he gave to police / 6 minutes ago

2:09pm (MST)
(...more Twitter.)

Judge to prosecutor Tomas Benavidez: I’m getting frustrated. Get to the point (during Bent cross examination) / 3 minutes ago

2:16pm (MST)
(...more
Twitter)

Bent admits to “permitting” girls to get naked in his bed. / 20 seconds ago

2:24 (MST)
(…more
Twitter.)

Bent says he’s required under his religious beliefs to allow girls to get naked. He claims he can’t disobey their requests / less than 20 seconds ago

2:28 (MST)
(…more
Twitter.)

Bent’s testimony ends. Religious expert Stephen O’Leary on stand for defense / half a minute ago

2:47 (MST)
(…more
Twitter.)

Religious expert for defense says lying naked in bed once part of ancient Christian church to “test celibacy” / 5 minutes ago

3:07pm (MST)
(…more
Twitter.)

Defense, Prosecution rest. Jury dismissed. Closing arguments set for tomorrow morning / 1 minute ago

3:13pm (MST)
(VIDEO:  Backing up a little more than two hours for moment, here’s a look at Jeremy Jojola’s report for KOB-TV at noon today. It may take a moment for the video to appear here.)

3:22pm MST
(Just spoke with Jeremy Jojola on the phone.  Audio report coming soon.)

4:03pm MST
(AUDIO: Beyond90Seconds.com interview with Jeremy Jojola appears below.  Interview conducted at 3:15pm MST.  Court had concluded for the day just minutes earlier.)

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8:03pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola’s 5pm MST live report for KOB-TV can be seen below.  The report features Wayne Bent on the witness stand and a defense expert witness.)

Day 1: Updates on Wayne Bent case from Taos courthouse
Day 2: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 3: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 4: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 5: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial

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Day 3: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial

NM vs. Wayne Bent / December 10, 2008

jojola_1KOB-TV Investigative Reporter Jeremy Jojola continues to make contributions here as a special correspondent to Beyond90Seconds.com. Jojola’s e-mails, text, pics and even some of his Twitter updates will appear below.  I’ll also include the time (MST) the information was sent to this blog.

9:03am (MST)

Trial is about to resume.  Audio recording of alleged victims will be allowed, but no video.  I’ll keep you updated with testimony.

9:21am (MST)

17 yr old alleged victim on stand.  Smiled at Bent when she walked in.

10:06am (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola just phoned to say that court is taking a five-minute recess after the alleged victim “Healed” began crying on the stand, ultimately proclaiming her love for “Michael”.  My conversation with Jojola was a short one, but I’ll post the audio of Jeremy’s report shortly.)

10:38am (MST)
(About 15 minutes ago, I posted a story about an ABC News “exclusive” with Wayne Bent.  I’ve already updated that post with some “analysis”.)

11:07am (MST)
(The following link is podcast featuring Jeremy Jojola’s phone report to Beyond90Seconds.com at 10:02 this morning (MST)).

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11:39am (MST)
(from Jeremy Jojola’s Twitter page.)

2nd alleged victim on stand.
Alleged Victim: Lying naked with Michael (Bent) gave me an anchor
Alleged victim: Nothing sexual w/ Michael (Bent), says naked encounter religious experience
Alleged victim remains on stand. Her journal introduced as evidence
Alleged victim cries on stand: “I love Michael,” claims she wanted to be naked w/ God
Alleged victim: I know in my heart what Michael (Bent) was saying was true
17 yr. old allleged victim on stand. Smiled at Bent in courtroom.

12:27pm (MST)
(Court has recessed for lunch. Just conducted phone interview with Jeremy Jojola that went about 10-minutes.  Will post it here shortly.  Jojola recaps this morning’s testimony from two alleged victims and much more.)

12:45 (MST)
(VIDEO:  Jeremy Jojola’s noon live report for KOB-TV appears below.  His audio interview w/Beyond90Seconds.com will be posted shortly.)

1:16pm (MST)

(AUDIO:  Jeremy Jojola’s phone report to Beyond90Seconds.com filed at 12:11pm MST can be heard by clicking on the the link below.)

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1:39pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola has just informed me that court just took a very brief recess after Bent’s attorney expressed concerns about “inaccurate” reporting.  Apparently, a juror has also raised a concern that he/she may have been shown in a news report.  Please stay tuned…)

1:42pm (MST)
(Thought some of you might find the coverage interesting from the Taos News:  Article, Gallery.)

2:04pm (MST)
(AUDIO:  Jeremy Jojola tells Beyond90Seconds.com that defense attorney Sarah Montoya has just voiced a few concerns about media coverage.)

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2:21pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola’s most recent Twitter post.)

Dr. Elizabeth Dinsmore: victims “groomed” by Bent in the same manner as a sexual predator

3:40pm (MST)
(AUDIO:  Jeremy Jojola files another interesting report about the Wayne Bent trial during an afternoon recess. The report was filed at 2:56pm MST.  Issues addressed include state’s expert witness who just finished testifying and media coverage; to include mention of interview defense attorney previously gave to Beyond90Seconds.com.)

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3:43pm (MST)

Benavidez is still here.  That young guy I talked about. His name is Emilio something. I’ll get it by end of Day.

3:59pm (MST)
(In Jojola’s most recent audio interview (above), he refers to my November 3, 2008 interview with Bent’s attorney, Sarah Montoya.  You can find a link to the audio interview with Ms. Montoya in my post headlined, “Wayne Bent’s attorney speaks out.” The unedited interview runs 39:09.)

4:28pm (MST)
(Just a note here to let you know that I’ve just added Jojola’s 12/9/08 6pm to yesterday’s post titled, “Day 2:  Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial”.  The report features interviews with former members of Bent’s church; Johnny Miller and Allen Armstrong.

4:29pm (MST)

Emilio Chavez is his name.

5:05pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojolo posted the following on Twitter about one hour ago.)

Bent’s attorney is asking court to dismiss charges. State says it has met it’s burden of proof. Update to come soon on this motion.

5:42pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola posted the following on Twitter three minutes ago.)

Judge does NOT grant motion to dismiss Bent’s charges. Today, sex abuse expert says Bent may have groomed teens like a sex predator.

6:31pm (MST)
(Jeremy Jojola posted the following on
Twitter 38 minutes ago.)

Bent trial resumes tomorrow at 9 am sharp. Bent yet to testify.

12:54am (MST)
(AUDIO:  Shortly after the third day of the Wayne Bent trial concluded, Jeremy Jojola filed a report with Beyond90Seconds.com at 6:40pm MST. You can listen to it by clicking the link directly below).

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Day 1: Updates on Wayne Bent case from Taos courthouse
Day 2: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 3: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
Day 4: Reporter’s updates from Wayne Bent trial
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Breaking News: Trial date set for Wayne Bent case

TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 20

(Beyond90Seconds.com broke this story at approximately 12:25pm PST on July 24. This page was last updated at 1:47pm PST.)

(July 24) Beyond90Seconds.com has learned that a trial date for the State of New Mexico’s criminal case against controversial church leader Wayne Bent has been scheduled to begin Monday, October 20, 2008 at 9am at the Union County Courthouse in Clayton, New Mexico.

The jury trial is scheduled to last five days.

This new information is found in a Criminal Scheduling Order filed in Union County District Court at 10:04am today.

On May 20, a grand jury indicted Bent on four counts: two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, unclothed. And two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The next court event in the Bent case is a pre-trial hearing scheduled for August 19 at 2:30pm at the Union County Courthouse.  Beyond90Seconds.com has learned that this hearing had been scheduled for August 12, but was rescheduled this morning due to a scheduling conflict.

According to the Criminal Scheduling Order, the State has until September 1 to present Bent’s attorney with a proposed plea agreement.

Union County Court Deputy Clerk Karen Vieites confirms the jury trial will begin October 20 unless a plea agreement is reached prior to that time.

Criminal Scheduling Order, signed by Judge Gerald E. Baca and delivered this morning to Deputy District Attorney Tomas Benavidez and Wayne Bent’s attorney, Sarah Montoya:


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DA: Bent has “50/50” chance of 2008 trial date (PODCAST)

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In a phone interview with Beyond90Seconds.com this morning, District Attorney Donald Gallegos said it’s possible the criminal case against controversial church leader Wayne Bent may not take place this year.  Pressed for a prediction, Gallegos said he feels that there is a “50/50” chance the trial will get underway in 2008.

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If the Bent trial is pushed to 2009, expect a new judge to be assigned to the case.  Learn the reason why in the Beyond90Seconds.com podcast interview with Gallegos.

While Gallegos explained that he could not discuss specifics concerning the State’s case against Wayne Bent (yes, that certainly includes evidence), he did provide several insights into the legal process, especially factors that could affect a trial date.

Gallegos stressed that the State is ready to go to trial and that the alleged victims are ready, too.

On May 20, a grand jury indicted Bent on four counts: two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, unclothed. And two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

TODAY’S *PODCAST (Total run time is 12:39)

*In my introductory remarks in today’s podcast, I reference the British documentary, The End of the World Cult.  If you’d like to watch it, you may do so below:

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Judge sets Wayne Bent’s bond at $150,000 (VIDEO & PODCAST)

Update:  (July 23): Attorney:  Don’t fringe on religeous freedom (The Raton Range)

The Raton Range delivers excellent coverage of Wayne Bent’s July 18 arraignment.  The newspaper launches into the story with this lead paragraph:

The attorney for the leader of what many people refer to as a cult that maintains its compound northeast of Des Moines told a judge in Raton Friday that Wayne Bent’s practice of lying with naked children is a “religeous healing practice” and has no sexual connotations. –The Raton Range

NEW (July 21): DA: Bent has “50/50” chance of 2008 trial date (includes PODCAST with DA Donald Gallegos)

NEW (July 18 news story) : koat.com *VIDEO* from inside the courtroom:

(Update: July 18, 4:15pm PST) Earlier this afternoon, some of you e-mailed me to ask if Wayne Bent was in custody.  In my effort to track down an answer to that question, I ultimately spoke with someone who should know the answer:  Sgt. Bobbie Long of the Clayton Police Department.

Long is very familiar with the city/county holding cells where Bent would be held “if” he were in custody.  In fact, this is the same facility that held Bent in early May.

Based on my conversation with Sgt. Long, it does not appear Bent is in custody.  Long had several interesting things to say. And she allowed me to record our phone conservation for the purpose of the podcast you will find in the following mp3:

Sgt. Bobbie Long (mp3)
Sgt. Bobbie Long (mp3)

I imagine it’s possible that new and more precise information about the case has hit the wires & news Web sites since I began working on this podcast earlier this afternoon. Any corrections, clarifications and updates will be provided here after I get a chance to scour the news Web sites.

(Update, July 18, 2:17pm PST) I’ve attempted to reach Wayne Bent’s attorney, Sarah Montoya, for comment on this story.  Montoya’s colleague, DJ Martinez, explained that Montoya has left the office due to an urgent family matter.

(Update, July 18, 1:51pm PST) Court Document:  Arraignment Order and Conditions of Release

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(Update, July 18,  1:38pm PST) Listen to Union County Court’s Deputy Clerk Karen Vieites read Wayne Bent’s conditions of release conditions of release.

Still more to come…

(Update, July 18, 1:27pm PST) Bent’s bond: $150,000 “unsecured”.  I also have the conditions of release…will publish here shortly.  Plus more.

Please stay tuned.

(Update, July 18, 1:11pm PST) Still don’t have the “nuts and bolts” concerning what happened at this morning’s arraignment.  State’s lead investigator on the Bent case, Dave Oliphant, has just told me that any specifics about Wayne Bent’s arraignment must come from District Attorney Donald Gallegos.

Person answering phone at Mr. Gallegos’s office tells me Mr. Gallegos is out of the office and won’t be back until Monday.  I do, however, have a cell number for Mr. Gallegos.  I’ve left a voice mail on Mr. Gallegos’s cell number requesting a return call regarding the Bent arraignment.

Lead investigator Oliphant was able to share with me that Senior Trial Prosecutor Amelio Chavez filled-in this morning for an ailing Assistant District Attorney Thomas Benavitez.

Oliphant also shared that Mr. Bent was represented by public defender Sarah Montoya.

Please stay tuned….
(Update, July 18, 12:21pm PST) Still working to get the details of this morning’s arraignment.  I’ve been in contact with District Courts in Union and Colfax counties.  I’m also waiting to hear back from person with the DA’s office.

Employee at clerk’s office in Raton (Colfax County) explained that the information is not in their local system and must be forwarded by Judge Gerald E. Baca to Union County Courthouse (Clayton).  Apparently, the judge hasn’t done this yet and is presently on the bench hearing other cases. Judge is expected to be on the bench throughout this afternoon.  A very busy Friday for the judge, no doubt.

Deputy Clerk at Union County Courthouse says she has yet to receive word from Raton concerning outcome of today’s arraignment.

Hoping to make contact with DA person soon.  He’s been en route from Raton to Clayton since the conclusion of this morning’s arraignment.

Please stay tuned…

(July 18, 10:22am PST) An employee in the Clerk’s Office at the State District Courthouse in Raton, New Mexico confirms that this morning’s arraignment of church leader Wayne Bent has concluded.

Employee did not have information concerning the outcome of the arraignment.

Please stay tuned…

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