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Smart kidnap suspect kicked out of court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The man standing trial in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart has been kicked out of the courtroom for singing hymns as jury selection got under way.

Brian David Mitchell was moved to another room at federal court in Salt Lake City to watch Monday's proceedings by remote video.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball tolerated about a half-hour of Mitchell's soft hymns before ordering him out of the courtroom.

Kimball also rejected Mitchell's request to don robes he was wearing when he was arrested with Smart in 2003, nine months after the girl vanished from her bedroom.

Mitchell is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.


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