Elizabeth Smart Trial: Brian David Mitchell Kicked Out of Court
During the Jury Selection For the Elizabeth Smart Trial, Accused Kidnapper Brian David Mitchell Was Kicked Out of the Courtroom
Mitchell was removed from the court for singing hymns during the jury selection process and he had to be moved to another room to watch the proceedings on video. According to the Associated Press, Mitchell sang 'soft hymns' for about half an hour before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ordered him out.
He also rejected Mitchell's request to wear his orange prison clothes rather than a suit. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that when Mitchell's attorney Robert Steele was asked about the clothing, he said that Mitchell preferred to be dressed in his robes, and not in a suit. However, Judge Kimball denied the request for security reasons.
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.
So far, four jurors have been kept in the selection process and eight have been dismissed, and there are 35 to question before the selection process is complete.
You can follow the selection process on the Salt Lake Tribune site.
Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when she was kidnapped from her home on June 5 2002, and she was not found until March 2003 when she was spotted with Mitchell and his now estranged wife Wanda Eileen Barzee. She is currently serving a 15 year prison term.
Smart is expected to testify against Mitchell during the trial.