Prosecutors in the trial for the so-called Amish beard bandits continue to call witnesses.
The trial for more than a dozen members of a break-away Amish group is playing out in a Cleveland Federal Court in front of the Amish community.
The 16 men face federal hate crime charges for a series of hair-cutting attacks on other members of the Amish community. The attacks happened in Jefferson, Trumbull, Holmes and Carroll Counties.
Barbara Miller, the sister of Amish Bishop Sam Mullet, wrapped up her testimony Thursday morning and said when she and her husband were attacked by Mullet’s followers, she was terrified.
Miller told the jury about a September 2011 attack on her and her husband. She said her own children, who lived with Mullet on his 800-acre compound in Jefferson County, attacked them with a group of Mullet followers.
Her hair was cut and her husband’s beard was sheared. Miller told the jury she was terrified, and it was a horrific for her to see her kids attack her husband.
Nancy Miller Burkholder, Barbara’s daughter, admitted she was part of the group of Mullet followers who cut her mother’s hair and her father’s beard in September of 2011. She says it was done out of compassion and love. She believed her parents were straying from the right way of living and had to be brought back to the correct path in order to get into heaven.
Nancy, who is Sam Mullet’s niece, told the jury her parents had been verbally abusive to her brothers who also participated into the attack at her parents home in Trumbull County.
19 Action News Reporter Scott Taylor is reporting that Nancy testified she heard her mother, tell the attackers while they cut her hair, “God please forgive them.” Nancy broke down in tears on the witness stand when one of the defense lawyers asked her if testifying in the case was difficult for her.
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