The suspect in the Elizabeth Smart case has filed a motion to halt his criminal trial while he seeks a change of venue, the U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
Brian David Mitchell was scheduled to go on trial Thursday, but filed a motion asking the trial be moved to another place. That means the trial will be stopped until the court reviews his request.
Mitchell, 57, is accused of snatching then-14-year-old Elizabeth Smart at knifepoint from her family's Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002, a crime that shocked the nation and the city, which was then basking in the glow of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games a few months earlier.
Mitchell faces federal charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines for improper purposes.