November 4th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Elizabeth Smart suspect wants change of venue; trial halted

Brian David Mitchell is seen a 2004 court appearance. He is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002.

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.

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  1. dave


    November 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Really?

    It does not matter where he goes to trial, he will still be a creepy religious fanatic. He should plead guilty now, before the judge and jury are revolted by the graphic information revealed during the trial. His delays are going to backfire against him. Elizabeth isn't a scared teenager anymore. He will be with his jailhouse buddies soon. They can hardly wait for their new "wife".

    November 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flycatcher

    Sounds to me like the Judge is a complete idiot and a severe bleeding heart liberal that needs to be removed for dereliction of duty.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Art Vandalay

    You people who are blasting the judge have no concept of law. The defense attorney is the one who has filed the motion and the trial has to he stopped while the motion is considered. And, to blast a judge as being liberal, be glad that there are some of those around; it could be your heiney on trial one day and you certainly wouldn't want some A-wipe like you as a judge or a jury full of people like you.

    This guy is a creep for sure, but the system is the same for EVERYONE who stands trial. There aren't different rules for different people.

    November 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WhiteKong78

    He wants to change the venue to hades where he can get a fair trial from his master. I have to wonder since this guy looks like Jesus if this is exactly how Jesus was, or if this guy is the bizarro Jesus testing people's faith. Anyone who believes in God should ask why an intermediary is needed for entrance into heaven. We all know to avoid middlemen in business transactions, so why would you trust one with your soul?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhiteKong78

    *Crickets Chirping*

    November 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Bartberger

    They found him and his wife with the poor victim of their sick and disgusting actions. What more proof does anyone need that they are guilty, beyond a doubt??? It is an insult to the taxpayers in this country that we need to pay for, or be subjected to a trial for either one of them. Execute them or put them in jail for the rest of their lives without a chance for parole, just do anything but spend the time, effort, and cost to try them for crimes which they are obviously guilty. Period!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    I like Vals' idea comment #101.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roxi

    Wejustmoved to Utahand I can tell you I have never met a bunch of judgemental people as in Utah! If your not Mormon you might as well forget a job or being a part ofthe community.some messed up system here.lots of screwy laws! They are not friendly unless you are Mormon

    November 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Adamo

    I've got a daughter and were this to happen to her, I'd use my own brand of justice. It goes by the name of Glock.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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