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Accused in Canadian polygamy case appear in court

October 9, 2014

CRESTON, British Columbia (AP) — Two British Columbia men charged with polygamy have each made a first court appearance.

An indictment brought against Winston Blackmore in August alleges that he has 24 wives. The same indictment alleges his brother-in-law, James Oler, has four wives.

The two men are from a polygamous fundamentalist Mormon community in southeastern British Columbia.

Similar charges brought against them in 2009 were quashed in a dispute over the appointment of prosecutors.

The Thursday hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 4.

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