A grown-up Elizabeth Smart told jurors of the nightmare she woke up to in 2002 when she was abducted from her Utah bedroom. Monday was the first day of testimony in the trial of her alleged kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell.
23-year-old Elizabeth Smart kept her composure as she told a federal jury how she awoke in 2002 to a knife on her throat and a man threatening to kill her and her family if she didn’t leave with him.
In chilling testimony she said, “I could feel something cold across my neck. I thought I was having a nightmare. It was just indescribable fear.”
Brian David Mitchell is charged with kidnapping Smart from her bedroom in her Utah home when she was 14-years-old. She was rescued after she was spotted with him nine months later walking down the street in a Salt Lake City suburb.
Smart told the jury how Mitchell took her to a campsite where they met up with his wife. He ordered smart to take off her clothes and put on a robe and then he performed a ceremony where he took her as his second wife.
Smart testified, "He proceeded to fight me to the ground and force the robes up where he raped me."
Mitchell’s lawyers don’t deny what happened. They argue that his mental illness and extreme religious beliefs led him to believe that God told him to do it.
Elizabeth's mother, Lois, testified earlier in the day the family first met a clean-shaven Mitchell on the street in the fall of 2001. She said he appeared to be down on his luck, so they hired him to do work around the house.
If convicted, Mitchell could spend the rest of his life in federal prison.
Mitchell started singing hymns before opening statements began. He was removed to a holding cell.