A state court judge said Friday the Utah State Hospital has determined that the woman charged in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart is competent for trial.
The hospital’s finding — provided in a report three days ago to Judge Judith Atherton — was announced in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court. It could mean the case of Wanda Eileen Barzee is headed toward trial, although Atherton first must rule Barzee competent. [Read more...]
The American student Elizabeth Smart has, for the first time, described her nine-month kidnap ordeal after being snatched by a stranger from her bedroom in Salt Lake City seven years ago.
Asked by a prosecutor to describe Brian David Mitchell, the self-described prophet accused of holding her captive for nine months, Ms Smart replied: “Evil, wicked, manipulative, stinky, slimy, greedy, selfish, not spiritual, not religious, not close to God.” [Read more...]
A federal judge has ruled that Elizabeth Smar
t can testify in the upcoming mental competency hearing for her accused kidnapper.
In a ruling issued Monday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball denied a defense motion to bar Smart from testifying in the case of Brian David Mitchell
. [Read more...]
In letters written to her mother, the woman charged in the 2002 kidnapping
of Elizabeth Smart
has sought forgiveness for any pain she has caused and says she expects to spend the rest of her life in prison.
Meanwhile her estranged husband will soon face another competency hearing. [Read more...]
Wand Barzee, 62, and her estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell, face criminal charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault for allegedly abducting Elizabeth Smart, then 14, from her home in Salt Lake City. [Read more...]
Wanda Barzee, 62, has fought the forced administration of anti-psychotic drugs, saying through her attorneys the medication is against her religion. [Read more...]
The man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart from her bedroom in 2002 and holding her for nine months was again declared unfit to stand trial Monday after screaming at a judge to forsake those robes and kneel in the dust. [Read more...]