Eight years after he’s accused of slicing through a kitchen window screen with a knife and whisking away a young girl in the middle of the night, the man charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart
is headed to trial in federal court.
Jury selection in the trial of Brian David Mitchell
is scheduled to begin Monday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court. [Read more...]
Attorneys for Brian David Mitchell, who is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, say they will seek an insanity defense during their client’s upcoming trial in federal court scheduled to begin Nov. 1.
Mitchell is accused of kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 at the time, in 2002 and holding her captive for nine months. [Read more...]
After years of legal wrangling over her mental state, Wanda Eileen Barzee was ordered Friday to spend 15 years behind bars for helping her husband kidnap Elizabeth Smart and hold her captive for nine months.
She was sentenced first in federal court, and then a short time later in state court. [Read more...]
Brian David Mitchell is competent to stand trial in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart despite his personality disorders, a judge ruled Monday.
In a 149-page decision, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said Mitchell can understand the charges against him and help his lawyers in his defense, the standard for mental competency. [Read more...]
Prosecutors on Monday dropped state charges against a woman in the 2002 abduction
of Elizabeth Smart
in exchange for a guilty plea related to the attempted kidnapping of Smart’s cousin.
Doctors at the Utah State Hospital said last fall that Barzee had responded to the treatment and was competent
Atherton accepted that determination Monday but said Barzee remains mentally ill. [Read more...]
Street preacher Brian David Mitchell is purposely adopting a fake religious persona, does not suffer a mental illness and is competent to stand trial, according to federal prosecutors.
In December, a 10-day competency hearing was held for the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Elizabeth Smart
in 2002. It was Mitchell’s third competency hearing overall, and his first in federal court. [Read more...]
Leslie Miles, a former employee of Utah State Hospital, took the witness stand during the second day of the competency hearing for Brian David Mitchell, 56, who faces federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.
Mitchell was able to take care of himself and ask for things while in the hospital’s forensic unit but refused to participate in any treatments or therapies, Miles said. [Read more...]