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Jury acquits man of using his children to extort his wife in a case that influenced Utah’s polygamy law

A husband who last year found himself at the center of a debate over polygamy and the law has been acquitted of trying to extort his wife.

An eight-person jury in state court in Provo found Mitchell Kyle Henderson not guilty of two counts of extortion or bribery. He faced up to 15 years in prison on each count.

Henderson still faces a trial in January on charges he assaulted his legal wife, Nicole Henderson. The two-day trial this week in state court asked whether Kyle Henderson bribed or extorted his wife into dropping her domestic violence allegations by offering her custody of their children. The jury heard a recorded telephone call and read text messages in which the estranged couple discussed the domestic violence case and their children.

Read the source article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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