Elizabeth Smart On Stand: I Was Raped Repeatedly

Elizabeth Smart says she was raped repeatedly each day after she was abducted from her bedroom seven years ago and told she would be killed if she yelled or tried to escape.

Smart testified Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City as part of a competency proceedings for the man charged in her 2002 kidnapping.

Brian David Mitchell has twice been found incompetent for trial in state court. Mitchell and his estranged wife were found with Smart nine months after she disappeared from her Salt Lake City home.

A judge ruled earlier this week that testimony from Smart, now 21, is relevant to Mitchell's mental competency.

Smart testified that Mitchell was motivated by sex and used religion to get what he wanted.

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  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    If he is so mentally unstable or incompetent then he is a menace to society and needs to be put out of his misery. Start putting down the "crazy" criminals and I bet you won't see that used as a defense very often.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    to: Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 02:10 PM. I couldn't of said it better. She is a very strong young woman. I think she did so well because she has such a good supportive family. Very brave.
  • by sam Location: greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 02:43 AM
    Who cares about his state of mind.He didn't care about hers.Give these rapers,killers and thieves death and we'll all be safe.Give them jail and when they get out (because they will)YOU could be their next victim.If you know your going to die for these crims.there will be a lot less them 0 YOU cold
  • by Nancy on Oct 1, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    He is not insane! He knew exactly what he was doing when he kidnapped her, raped her and manipulated her into fearing him. What an evil human being.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Oct 1, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    If I were selected as a juryperson,(highly unlikely,However) I would NOT be able to set throught this case or any one like it. Some old pervert setting across from a beautiful young lady who has had something stolen from her which is absolutely irreplacable. And I'm sure he will set there with one of those sullen (no soul) no remorse, looks on his face. But then again, I guess that's what we have become, I really hope NOT!!! Buzz-
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    I agree with the first post. I saw her on tv not long ago. It's amazing how well she is doing and I also think it's because of the supportive family. Are these people in jail waiting for trial or are they out? If they are free to walk the streets it makes me sick. Of course they make me sick anyway. What about the wife?? Where is she? She's just as guilty in my book.
  • by me Location: greenville on Oct 1, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    the whole insanity defense should be thrown out because you can't be in your right mind to do these types of things in the first place...by these standards everyone who commits a crime is insane. That monster knew EXACTLY what he was doing...why else would he force her and tell her he would kill her if she tried to ESCAPE. If she wanted to be there, she wouldn't need to escape. God Bless Elizabeth Smart for being strong enough to live through the horror and come out on the other side!
  • by Satan on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    How does one rape a person let along a little girl. How sick
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    Why is Brian David Mitchell allowed to draw one more breath on this earth? Utah does have the firing squad.
  • by Ann Location: Pitt County on Oct 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Thoughts and prayers continue to go out to this sweet, beautiful child. She should NEVER have had to go through the torture that she did and I pray that one day she will find peace. Lock him up and throw away the key so that he may never hurt another innocent child again.
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