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08-31-2004, 06:03 PM
Judge Finds Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Suspect Competent to Stand Trial

Aug 31, 2004 9:42 am US/Mountain

A judge on Tuesday found a homeless man competent to stand trial in the kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart, bringing an early end to what had been expected to be a three-day hearing to gauge Brian Mitchell's mental state.

Details of what led Judge Judith Atherton to the quick ruling were not immediately available.

Mitchell, 50, and wife Wanda Barzee, 58, are both charged with kidnapping the then-14-year-old from her bedroom at knifepoint in 2002 and keeping her for nine months in Utah and California.

http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_244114752.html (http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_244114752.html)