September 2, 2004 |
A grand jury indictment against Elizabeth Smart kidnapping suspect Brian David Mitchell was unsealed in Salt Lake City, a day after the self-proclaimed prophet was ruled competent to stand trial. Unsealing the indictment against Mitchell moves the case toward a trial without a preliminary hearing, which could have included sensitive testimony from the girl. Mitchell was expected to be arraigned today. Mitchell, 50, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 58, are both charged with kidnapping Smart in 2002.
January 10, 2004 |
Wanda Barzee, one of two people charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart, was ruled incompetent to stand trial by a state judge who committed her to a state hospital "to restore her mental health." Barzee this week waived her right to a hearing to contest the findings of two mental health experts who found her incompetent to stand trial.
February 18, 2005 |
The man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart has shown signs of psychosis since middle adolescence, when his family rejected a psychologist's recommendation that he receive treatment for mental illness, a mental health expert testified in Salt Lake City.
October 17, 2004 |
Attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart have filed a motion for the jury to be sequestered during the trial and the Bibles removed from their hotel rooms. Lawyers for Brian David Mitchell, 50, argued that media coverage of the case could influence jurors. Lawyers asked that Bibles and other religious texts be removed from jurors' hotel rooms to "prevent prejudicial exposure."
August 23, 2003 |
A two-hour CBS television movie about Elizabeth Smart's nine-month kidnapping ordeal is expected to air in November, her father says. The story will be told from the viewpoint of her parents, Ed and Lois Smart, who have also signed a book deal about the kidnapping. Filming is expected to begin in two weeks in Canada. The Smarts have contracted with Doubleday Books to tell their story in "Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope." Her uncles are working on a separate book.
March 20, 2003 |
Charged with felonies that could send them to prison for life, the suspects in the Elizabeth Smart abduction stood expressionless Wednesday during their first court appearance -- by video from the Salt Lake County Jail. Brian David Mitchell, 49, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 57, were ordered held on bail of $10 million each and were appointed public defenders in a hearing that lasted only a few minutes. Each was visible from the shoulders up as they appeared separately on television screens.
April 4, 2003 |
Meetings are still underway about a possible deal to sell TV movie story rights for the family of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart, a representative for the family said Thursday. Industry sources told The Times that some producers and networks have lost interest as negotiations made little progress and new details emerged regarding the 15-year-old Utah girl's abduction last year.
March 17, 2003 |
An attorney for the man suspected of abducting Elizabeth Smart told a television station Sunday that his client considers the 15-year-old his wife and "still loves her." "He wanted me to tell the world that she is his wife, and he still loves her and knows that she still loves him, that no harm came to her during their relationship and the adventure that went on," Larry Long, an attorney for Brian David Mitchell, said in an interview with Salt Lake City's KUTV.
March 16, 2003 |
The recent arrests in the Elizabeth Smart case have energized a stalled investigation into the 1991 abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard, according to police in the Northern California community where she was taken. Several facts emerging from the arrests of Brian David Mitchell, 49, and Wanda Barzee, 57, may have a bearing on the Dugard kidnapping in South Lake Tahoe, investigators said. "There's enough here to trigger my interest," said Lt.
March 13, 2003 |
SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart, 15, abducted from her bedroom nine months ago, was found alive Wednesday with a drifter who had worked briefly for her family. They were accompanied by a woman who, along with the girl, was wearing a wig and a blue, pillowcase-like veil over her face. "She is well and healthy," said Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse. Her uncle, Tom Smart, said she was reunited with her joyful family. He declared: "Miracles do exist."