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Friday
Nov052010

Kidnapping Trial in Elizabeth Smart Case Cleared to Resume

Courtesy - Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The trial of accused kidnapper Brian David Mitchell will resume Monday in Salt Lake City, Utah, after Mitchell's defense failed to convince an appeals court he could not get a fair trial in Utah.  The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a temporary halt in the trial in the case of Elizabeth Smart after the defense claimed there was so much coverage of the 2002 kidnapping in Utah that an impartial jury could not be seated.

The temporary halt came moments after the prosecutor gave opening statements.  The defense claimed the jury had already decided Mitchell was guilty, based on all the coverage of the little girl's nine-month ordeal, during which Mitchell allegedly sexually assaulted her nearly every day.

The court's Friday ruling puts Mitchell back on trial in Salt Lake City Monday.

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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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