Nov 1, 2010 8:33 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Trial begins 8 years after Elizabeth Smart kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Eight years of delays are scheduled to end Monday as jury selection begins in the federal trial of a man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart from her Utah home.

Brian David Mitchell is accused of slicing through a kitchen window screen and whisking away the 14-year-old girl in the middle of the night. She was rescued nine months later.

Ed Smart, Elizabeth's father says the family is "very confident in the prosecution."

Mitchell was indicted in March 2008 on federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.

A 2003 state case stalled after Mitchell was deemed incompetent to stand trial. Federal prosecutors stepped in and Mitchell was judged competent earlier this year.


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