Mexico deports American polygamist suspected in 3 killings


Mexican authorities have deported a polygamist disciple of Warren Jeffs back to the U.S., where he faces law enforcement scrutiny in three slayings. Two of the victims were his sons.

Orson William Black, 56, was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, then to police in El Paso, Texas, last week, authorities said. Mexican authorities detained Black this month at his compound in Chihuahua, where they said he was living with four wives, a “concubine” and 22 others, including several children.

Almost 100 Mexican police, along with agents of the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, stormed Black’s homes in the Rancho El Negro compound and seized him. They said they found scores of preserved exotic animal heads and carcasses, including zebras, buffaloes, red foxes, black squirrels, a lion and a bear rug, and elephant feet, suggesting Black’s group was involved in wildlife and trophy trafficking, according to the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office.

Black is suspected in the murders of two teenagers, who have been identified as his sons by the Chihuahua attorney general, and a 23-year-old man, according to Mexican authorities. The victims ― all U.S. citizens ― are brothers Michael Black, 15, and Robert W. Black, 19, and Jesse Barlow, 23, the BBC reported. Their bodies were found this month on the sprawling compound. They had no birth certificates, according to Mexican authorities.

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US citizen Orson William Black is delivered by the Mexican authorities to the United States police and Customs Border Protection on the border line of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on November 8, 2017. An American accused of leading a cult and wanted at home on pedophilia charges was arrested in Mexico along with 26 other people as part of a triple homicide investigation, officials said. Orson William Black Jr. was arrested in the northern border state of Chihuahua along with his four wives and 22 other people including an undetermined number of minors, state prosecutors said. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
US citizen Orson William Black is delivered by the Mexican authorities to the United States police and Customs Border Protection on the border line of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on November 8, 2017. An American accused of leading a cult and wanted at home on pedophilia charges was arrested in Mexico along with 26 other people as part of a triple homicide investigation, officials said. Orson William Black Jr. was arrested in the northern border state of Chihuahua along with his four wives and 22 other people including an undetermined number of minors, state prosecutors said. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
US citizen Orson William Black is delivered by the Mexican authorities to the United States police and Customs Border Protection on the border line of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on November 8, 2017. An American accused of leading a cult and wanted at home on pedophilia charges was arrested in Mexico along with 26 other people as part of a triple homicide investigation, officials said. Orson William Black Jr. was arrested in the northern border state of Chihuahua along with his four wives and 22 other people including an undetermined number of minors, state prosecutors said. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
US citizen Orson William Black is delivered by the Mexican authorities to the United States police and Customs Border Protection on the border line of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on November 8, 2017. An American accused of leading a cult and wanted at home on pedophilia charges was arrested in Mexico along with 26 other people as part of a triple homicide investigation, officials said. Orson William Black Jr. was arrested in the northern border state of Chihuahua along with his four wives and 22 other people including an undetermined number of minors, state prosecutors said. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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“The motive has not been clarified and is still being investigated,” Felix Gonzalez, a spokesman for the attorney general, told the Los Angeles Times.

A woman who said Black married three of her sisters told The Salt Lake Tribune that Barlow is Black’s stepson. She said she believes the three were fatally shot by members of a drug cartel who had been working with Black producing methamphetamine.

Black fled to Mexico from Arizona 15 years ago after he was charged in the state with five felony counts of sexual misconduct with two underage girls who became his wives, according to a 2003 report in the Phoenix New Times. Black and one of the girls conceived a son they named Robert William Black, born in in 1998, who was one of the slaying victims.

Black was a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Arizona. Jeffs is serving life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage girls he took as “brides.”
 

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Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, walks through a large dining room at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S. May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, looks into an office at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Red rock cliffs rise above Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) prophet leader Warren Jeffs lived and ran the church for many years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S. May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
A key hangs out of a lock on one of the 41 bedrooms at jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) prophet leader Warren Jeffs' compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) prophet leader Warren Jeffs, stands on a back porch at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S. May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, looks out the window of one of the 41 bedrooms at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, walks between the 11th and 12th bedroom at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S. May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, looks over a patio area at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) prophet leader Warren Jeffs, walks through one of two large kitchens at his compound in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, walks past an outdoor chimney marked with "Pray and Obey" at the compound where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, walks past an outdoor chimney marked with "Pray and Obey" at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, looks out the window of the prayer room where she prayed every hour on the hour with other wives of his, at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, enters his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., on May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, shows how she prayed every hour on the hour with other wives of his in the prayer room at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, opens a backdoor with an eviction notice on the window of his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Briell Decker, the 65th wife of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs, looks inside his bedroom at his compound, where he lived for several years, in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. She is in the process of purchasing the compound. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Tumbleweeds and a no trespassing sign are seen outside the northwest entrance of FLDS Church's Prophet leaders Warren Jeff's compound where he lived for several years in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Two old couches sit outside the northwest entrance of jailed Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) polygamist prophet leader Warren Jeffs' compound where he lived for several years in Hildale, Utah, U.S., May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who heads a breakaway Mormon sect, is pictured in this Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison mug shot, released to Reuters August 10,2011. Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison August 9 for sexually assaulting two underage girls he claimed as "spiritual" brides. The Texas jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for less than an hour before giving him a 99-year, or life, sentence for one charge and 20 years for a second -- the maximum for both. REUTERS/Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
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