Accused Smart kidnapper's trial halted after he collapses
November 30th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Accused Smart kidnapper's trial halted after he collapses

The federal trial of Brian David Mitchell, charged in connection with the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, was halted Tuesday after Mitchell suffered a medical problem in court, according to CNN affiliate KSTU.

The station posted a picture on its website of Mitchell with an oxygen mask on, sitting on a stretcher as he was being loaded into an ambulance.

Mitchell, as usual, began singing when he was led into the courtroom Tuesday - "O Holy Night," KSTU reported. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball began the proceedings by raising an issue in a note sent from jurors.

As Kimball asked for jurors to be brought in, Mitchell began to wail and dropped to the floor, KSTU said.

Defense attorney Wendy Lewis told Kimball, "He's having a seizure, your honor."

An ambulance was called and paramedics came into the courthouse to examine Mitchell, according to KSTU.

When jurors were brought in, Kimball told them the trial would resume Wednesday, KSTU reported.

Mitchell, 57, faces charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines in Smart's abduction.

Then 14, she was kidnapped from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City, Utah, home. Nine months later, she was found in the company of Mitchell - a drifter and self-described "prophet" who called himself Immanuel - and his wife, Wanda Barzee.

Mitchell's trial resumed Monday after taking last week off. Barzee earlier testified as a defense witness.

Defense attorneys are mounting an insanity defense for Mitchell, hoping to prove that mental illness clouded his mind to such a degree that he did not understand that his actions were wrong when he abducted and held Smart.

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  1. Seamus Wardowski

    Like an irate four year old who threatens to hold their breath to get what they want.
    Try letting them, then after they pass out pick them up and put them in the back of a dark closet and close the door.
    When they wake up the fun starts.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kuuipo

    He knows exactly what he is doing! there is nothing he is trying to do that has not been done before by other guilty people! he just needs to face the facts that we see right thru him & so will the judge & jury. he is pathetic & knew exactly what he did ti Smart because he kept repeating it over & over again then tried to lie & cover it up. thats not insanity plea, no way bad try! so fake!!

    November 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Protoman

    If anyone wants to know what Dr.Bad looks like see picture above.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicolette

    I am SICK of this guy and his antics. Who does he think he's fooling? Put him in a hospital bed in the side room with a video monitor and let this trial continue. Waste of the taxpayers' money!

    November 30, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kuuipo

    He knows exactly what he is doing! he better not get the insanity plea because trying to hide or cover up what you did knowing it was wrong means you are not insane just a sick person who is trying to get away with paying for his crime knowing that in jail he got some stuff he is going to have to deal with & he knows he cannot hang! too bad mr! it is definately your turn to burn!

    November 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. edward

    He may have health issues but he is playing them up to gain sympathy cause he knows he is going to prison it is just a matter of how long.

    November 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    so thats dr bad pffffft

    November 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Protoman

    I'm not worried about going to Hades. I observe the ten commandments especially the part about not having "any other God before me" and not worshiping anything of this earth which Jesus clearly was born here on earth. Nice try though. You might want to switch whom you're praying to. I talk to the man upstairs not the one six feet under. Have a nice day.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Protoman

    I don't indulge in drugs or booze either which is more than I can say about many people who wear crosses around their necks or have them inked on their skin. 🙂 have a blessed day.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
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