Elizabeth Smart Trial Begins, Accused Behaves Erratically On First Day

November 2nd, 2010 - 7:58 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Elizabeth Smart Trial AccusedSalt Lake City, Nov 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) After 8 years of the sensational kidnapping of Salt lake City resident Elizabeth Smart, the trial for the case has started. In 2002 the girl, who was then a teenager was kidnapped by a man named Bryan David Mitchell. She was abducted from her room. Elizabeth Smart said later that she was raped by the kidnapper several times when she was held captive by him and this ordeal lasted for a period of 9 months. The girl was rescued later in Sandy when she was spotted with the abductor and his spouse in the street.

The jury selection in the much awaited case has started and the developments are already making headlines. The defendant Bryan David Mitchell was taken out of the courtroom because he refused to stop singing hymns in the courtroom. Dale Kimball, the U.S. District Court Judge who earlier said that the accused is mentally capable of withstanding court trial, might rethink his view now. The accused faces a number of charges for abducting a minor girl and also assaulting her sexually. The charge of illegally transporting the teenager across the states of the country also has been slapped on him.

Bryan David Mitchell kept on singing hymns for 30 minutes in the courtroom when the trial went underway. This was despite the judge asking him to stop singing. He did not stop and the judge ultimately had to order to take him out of the courtroom. His lawyers are now planning to appeal saying that he was not mentally stable when he kidnapped the girl. It remains to be seen whether he is really unstable or faking it all.

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