Elizabeth Smart Verdict: Jury Finds Brian David Mitchell Guilty
SALT LAKE CITY (CBS/AP) The federal jury in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case returned guilty verdicts on both counts against street preacher Brian David Mitchell: kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sex.
The jury rejected the defense's insanity claims less than 12 hours after beginning deliberations.
Mitchell faces a possible sentence of life in prison.
The jury started deliberating just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday and deliberated for a little over three hours before adjourning for the night. Court officials announced jurors had reached their verdict just after 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The facts of the case were undisputed - even Mitchell's attorneys say there's no question he kidnapped Smart and raped her almost daily until she was found nine months later, walking a suburban street with Mitchell and his now-estranged wife.
At issue was whether Mitchell could be held legally responsible for his crimes.
Defense attorneys argued that Mitchell suffers from a delusional disorder that prevents him from realizing right from wrong.
Prosecutors painted an altogether different picture of an anti-social psychopath who used the illusion of mental illness and religious fervor to get people to do what he wanted and to manipulate others' perception of him.COMPLETE COVERAGE OF ELIZABETH SMART ON CRIMESIDER
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