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Trial resumes for man charged in Smart abduction

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, a federal trial will resume Monday for the man charged in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

Brian David Mitchell is charged in U.S. District Court with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sexual activity.

If convicted, the 57-year-old former street preacher could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Smart was 14 in 2002 when taken from her home at knifepoint. She was recovered nine months later.

Defense attorneys don't dispute the facts of the case, but contend Mitchell is mentally ill.

As the trial moves into its fourth week, the defense is expected to call on psychiatric evaluators to testify about Mitchell's competency.


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