Jury resumes deliberations in Elizabeth Smart case
December 10th, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Jury resumes deliberations in Elizabeth Smart case

The jury resumed deliberations Friday in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, a court spokesman said.

The jurors - who began deliberating Thursday - will decide whether Mitchell, 57, was legally insane when he snatched Smart at knifepoint from her bedroom on June 5, 2002.

Smart testified at the monthlong trial that he led her to a makeshift camp in the canyons above her home, "sealed" her as his spiritual plural wife and raped her.

U.S. District Dale Kimball instructed jurors that in order to acquit Mitchell under the insanity defense, they must determine he was mentally ill and that his illness was so severe it kept him from knowing right from wrong.

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  1. Joanne123

    In my opinion, the minute Mitchell switched from singing Hymnals to Christmas Carols, said it all. He is obvioulsy aware of what;s going on around him. Just saying.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stick dog

    Still can't see how this guy was able to keep her captive for that long. She had to have some sort of way to get away – break a bottle ram the edge in his throat – l just can't see it.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    I wish you luck Elizabeth. I hope one day you meet the one guy you truly love, marry, raise kids, and try to get your life back.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |