Betty on the News: Elizabeth Smart Relives Kidnapping Ordeal
Elizabeth Smart tells her story at a competency hearing for her accused kidnapper Brian David Mitchell
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Kidnapping and rape victim Elizabeth Smart was forced to relive her 2002 ordeal this week when she testified at the competency hearing of her accused kidnapper and rapist, Brian David Mitchell. Lawyers for Mitchell are arguing that he is not mentally competent enough to face trial and assist in his defense.
Smart was just 14 when Mitchell snuck into the bedroom of her family’s Salt Lake City, Utah home and kidnapped her by knifepoint. She testified that he took her to a camp in the mountains about 3 miles from her home where she met his wife, Wandra Barzee.
Smart, now 21, told jurors that he immediately performed a marriage ceremony and then proceeded to rape her. According to Smart, Mitchell was obsessed with sex and raped her on a daily basis, up to 3 or 4 times a day for 9 months, often plying her drugs and alcohol.
Mitchell was not in the courtroom during Smart’s testimony because he began loudly singing as soon as he was brought in, however, he was taken to a room and watched the testimony from a video feed.
Following her testimony, Smart’s father spoke to reporters outside of the courthouse:
“I was very proud of her, the way she was able to be so forthright and basically paint the picture of Brian Mitchell, of what he is,” he said.
“She actually wanted to face him and, in fact, I think she asked Brett if he could be muzzled and have to sit there to watch it.”
Smart may be asked to testify again if Mitchell is brought to trial. (KSL News Radio)