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Elizabeth Smart recounts Mitchell's 'sex, porn revelations'

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9 2010 6:04 p.m. MST

Elizabeth Smart leaves the court after testifying during the Brian David Mitchell trial in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Editor's note: This story will be updated throughout the day with unofficial transcripts of Elizabeth Smart's testimony. You may also follow updates on Twitter at DNewsCrimeTeam. We warn readers that some details described in the testimony are graphic in nature.

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart returned to the witness stand Tuesday to give more testimony against the man accused of abducting her, holding her hostage and abusing her for nine months, Brian David Mitchell.

Assistant U.S. attorney Felice Viti resumed his questioning of Smart at 8:44 Tuesday morning.

Judge Dale Kimball: Mr. Mitchell you have a constitutional right to be present, which will be waived if you continue to sing … We'll ask for him to removed… You may resume the stand, Miss Smart, you're under oath.

Felice Viti: Good morning, Miss Smart. I'll ask you to look at government exhibit 31D. Do you recognize it?

Elizabeth Smart: Yes. It's part of the cable system that was wrapped around the trunk of the tree.

Viti: How do you know that?

Elizabeth: Because you can see where part of the cable is dirty from being around the tree. You can also see the circular little egg shaped connection on one side where he would pull on it.

Viti: Miss Smart, where did the defendant keep the bolt cutters that we saw yesterday?

Elizabeth: In a bucket placed far out of my reach in the underground house he was digging out.

Viti: So the cable system did not allow you to reach where the bolt cutters were placed?

Elizabeth: Right.

Viti: When the defendant, the first day in the camp, when he placed the ankle tether around your ankle, were the other components of the cable system already in place?

Elizabeth: Yes.

Viti: Did there come a time during your time being held in the upper camp where the defendant gave you a name?

Elizabeth: Yes.

Viti: What name did he give you?

Elizabeth: Shurjesha.

Viti: Did he tell you why he gave you that name?

Elizabeth: Yes. It was out of one of the books of the Old Testament, the book of Isaiah. There was a son of Isaiah named Shurjesha.

Viti: Tell us what the name meant.

Elizabeth: It means "a remnant will return."

Viti: When you were still in the upper camp, did you choose another name?

Elizabeth: Yes. I asked if I absolutely had to be called that name and he said he would allow me to choose a name. However it could not be Elizabeth or Anne. It had to be out of the Bible … I chose Esther.

Viti: Did you ever speak to the defendant about your parents? What types of things did you discuss?

Elizabeth: How much they loved me, how much they meant to me.

Viti: How would he react when you told him this?

Elizabeth: At first he was a little more patient with me but as time went on he became more, he didn't want me to talk about them so much. He didn't want me to focus on them so much, so he told me to refer to them as Ed and Lois and to cut back on talking about them.

Viti: Did he ever tell you to refer to him and Wanda Barzee as mom and dad?

Elizabeth: Yes … only when we were in public.

Viti: Did the defendant ever use vulgar language while in Utah?

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