Hearing in Smart case delayed again
Jan. 6, 2005
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Friday January 7, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The drifter and self-proclaimed prophet accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart showed up to his competency hearing 90 minutes late Thursday and was kicked out after he started singing a Bible verse.
The hearing was delayed until Feb. 15.
Mitchell’s courtroom antics Thursday marked the second time in recent weeks that he broke out into song in court. In December, he began singing a Christmas hymn during a court appearance.
Judge Judith Atherton ruled Mitchell was competent to stand trial in August. But she ordered new competency hearings for the former street preacher after last month’s singing outburst – setting up this week’s hearing.
Mitchell’s wife has been declared incompetent for trial and is being treated at a state mental health facility.
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