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Monday
Nov012010

Jury Selection Kicks off Trial in Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapping Case

Photo Courtesy - George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart is going on trial, more than eight years after the abduction took place.  On Monday, jury selection begins for former street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who's accused of abducting the teenager in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Wanda Barzee, the woman who was sentenced for her role in the kidnapping, is expected to testify on his behalf.  Barzee pleaded guilty for her role in Smart's kidnapping earlier this year.  In a deal with prosecutors, Barzee agreed to cooperate.  She was left off the prosecution's witness list, but she's now listed on the defense's.

Jury selection could take up to a week, and the trial itself could last more than a month.  Mitchell's attorneys are expected to pursue an insanity plea.

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