Elizabeth Smart to Testify on Sanity of Her Kidnapper

Will detail his behavior during 9-month captivity
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 7:50 AM CDT
In a Wednesday, April 30, 2003 file photo, Ed Smart walks with his daughter Elizabeth Smart to the Rose Garden of the White House.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Smart is ready to testify against the homeless street preacher who abducted her at knifepoint seven years ago. At a hearing Thursday to determine if Brian David Mitchell is fit to stand trial, Smart will tell the court how he acted over her nine-month captivity. The prosecutor thinks she’ll provide important observations about his preoccupation with sex, religious beliefs, manipulative tactics, and how he rationalized his behavior.