Judge Nixes Forced Treatment Request in Smart Case

The Associated Press/October 9, 2008

Salt Lake City - Federal prosecutors say they plan to proceed soon with charges against a man accused of kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart in 2002.

The state's case stalled earlier Thursday when a judge denied a request to forcibly medicate Brian David Mitchell.

He has a rare delusional disorder and has twice been found incompetent for trial. The judge said she is not convinced anti-psychotic medication will help.

Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home at age 14 and found with Mitchell and his wife in a suburb. Authorities say he took Smart as another wife to fulfill a religious prophesy.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in March on suspicion of taking Smart from Utah to a homeless camp in California.

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