Elizabeth Smart: Mitchell threatened to kill me if I tried to escape or didn't obey him

Published: Monday, Nov. 8 2010 11:00 a.m. MST

Lois Smart, Elizabeth's mother, on the stand Monday.

Scott Snow

Editor's note: The following is an unofficial account of some of the testimony of Elizabeth Smart and her younger sister Mary Katherine Smart in the Brian David Mitchell trial in federal court. This was gathered from Deseret News reporters at the courthouse Wednesday.

Prosecutor Felice Viti: Miss (Elizabeth) Smart, prior to going to bed (on June 4, 2002), did you and your Dad do anything?

Elizabeth: We closed all the windows and all the doors.

Prosecutor: Did you close all the windows and doors?

Elizabeth: No, there is a window above the kitchen sink that we didn't close, because the smell of burnt food was still lingering in the air.

P: Did not close the rectangular window that was on the right side of the bigger square window?

Elizabeth: There is a hand crank that you can crank it open with.

P: On June 4, 2002, did you home have an alarm system?

Elizabeth: Yes it did.

P: Was the window you described part of that alarm system?

Elizabeth: No, not that I know of.

P: Are there any doors in the vicinity of the kitchen?

Elizabeth: Yes there is a door even further to the right, next to set of cupboards next to the refrigerator.

P: What is government exhibit 14 a picture of? Was the kitchen door on June 4, 2002, wired or set up for alarm?

Elizabeth: Yes it was.

P: Was there anything unusual about that particular door that evening that you recall?

Elizabeth: I remember that when it opened, it didn't beep and all the doors in our house beep when you open them up.

P: Did you know why it didn't beep?

Elizabeth: I believe it was because the magnet that makes it beep had fallen out and become disconnected or something. At the end of every day, all my siblings and parents gathered together and one of us says prayers and one of us thanks our Heavenly Father for things we'd been blessed with and asks him for things that we need. I shared a bedroom with my younger sister. She slept right next to me.

P: As you look at government exhibit 18, what's the left to right bed as you look at that photograph?

Elizabeth: My desk.

P: What did you wear to bed that evening?

Elizabeth: I wore a pair of red, silky pajamas. It was a set. It had a bottom and a top, The top buttoned up. They had a collar. They were short-sleeved. The pants were not drawstring, they were elastic at the tip. We have a good family friend who travels up to Vietnam frequently who brought them back.

P: Did anyone in the home wear the same pajamas you wore?

Elizabeth: Yes, my mother did.

P: Were they the same style you wore?

Elizabeth: Yes. They were.

P: I would ask you to look at government exhibit 5. Can you tell me what those are?

Elizabeth: These are my mother's same pair of red silk pajamas that I had.

P: Anything special that you did to wear those pajamas?

Elizabeth: Yes.

P: Explain that to the jury using that pajama top,

Elizabeth: At that age, I was very modest and very shy. I didn't feel comfortable with the collar so I took a safety pin and closed the top, like that.

P: Was that a fashion statement?

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