Texas authorities say Colorado woman still under investigation in polygamist case
January 13, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Texas authorities say they’re still investigating a Colorado woman in connection with bogus phone calls that may have triggered a raid on a Texas polygamist group, an apparent contradiction of a claim by the woman’s lawyer.
An attorney for Rozita Swinton of Colorado Springs said Wednesday that Texas authorities don’t believe she had any “criminal involvement” in the calls. But Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for the Texas attorney general, says the inquiry isn’t over.
Texas investigators have called Swinton a “person of interest” in connection with calls to a hot line alleging abuse at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ ranch in West Texas.
Authorities later said the hot line calls were fake, and they were traced to a telephone number linked to Swinton.