February 20, 2003 |
Police investigating the abduction of Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City bedroom in June were hunting for a homeless man identified by her sister as resembling the kidnapper. The man was identified by police as Brian David Mitchell. Her 9-year-old sister, Mary Katherine, saw the abduction while pretending to be asleep.
December 4, 2004 |
A judge ordered a new round of competency evaluations in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case after the suspect started singing a Christmas hymn at a hearing in Salt Lake City. Judge Judith Atherton's order came after Brian David Mitchell closed his eyes and sang, "Oh come, oh come, Immanuel," the name he used as a street preacher. Mitchell's lawyers said he had grown increasingly delusional.
April 23, 2003 |
The drifters accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart were in court for a status hearing, where a judge asked attorneys how much time it might take to determine if they are mentally competent to stand trial. Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee need to undergo competency exams before the criminal case against them can proceed. Their next hearing was not set, but it will be at least 30 days away, attorneys said.
March 28, 2003 |
Prosecutors requested blood, hair and writing samples Thursday from the couple charged with kidnapping and sexually abusing Elizabeth Smart. Dist. Atty. David Yocom filed the motions Thursday along with a request for mental competency exams for Brian David Mitchell, 49, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 57. The girl was abducted June 5 and turned up March 12 in Sandy, Utah.
December 20, 2004 |
The woman accused with her husband of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart so the man could keep the girl as a second wife has filed for divorce, according to court documents. Wanda Barzee, 59, has been at the Utah State Hospital since the beginning of the year after a judge ruled that she was mentally incompetent to stand trial. She filed for divorce Nov. 23 in Provo.
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.