December 10th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Federal jury finds Smart kidnapper guilty

A federal jury has found a homeless street preacher guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and transporting the 14-year-old girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the verdict in the case of Brian David Mitchell, 57, court officials said.

Smart, now 23, was the prosecution's star witness. She spent three days on the witness stand after traveling to Utah from Paris, France, where she is on a mission with the Mormon church. Afterwards, she sat with her parents in the front row of the courtroom, watching the trial.

Read the full story here about the verdict in the Elizabeth Smart case.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Courts • Cults • Mormonism • United States • Utah

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    • Sum Dude

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  3. Know What

    The proscribed punishment for him:

    (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      And it doesn't sound like she has anything to say about it...

      December 11, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  4. David Johnson

    Well come on now! This certainly isn't the first marriage made in Heaven, that has gone bad.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • David Johnson

      That's why I am so against teen marriages. They almost never last.

      December 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Before it came to this, why didn't they try marriage counseling?

      December 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  5. Calus

    So why don't we just execute this piece of trash instead of wasting more money on him?

    December 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • DENA


      December 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  6. His singing did not free him or keep him from being found guilty.

    More crimes based upon religious delusions. Will the madness ever stop?

    December 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  7. Reality

    Elizabeth Smart was subjected to horrors and terrors that no one can imagine. Let us hope the evil of Mitchell and Barzee is met with punishments fitting their crimes. Slow cast-ration by fire ants followed by staking them out in the desert to be slowly consumed by vultures sounds about right.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
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