Everything Mitchell did 'was never anything God would tell somebody' to do, Elizabeth Smart testifies

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 10 2010 8:00 a.m. MST

Elizabeth Smart arrives at court to testify against Brian David Mitchell in his trial in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Editor's note: For the third day, Deseret News reporters have provided unofficial line by line transcripts of much of Elizabeth Smart's testimony.

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart finished her testimony Wednesday in the trial of the man accused of kidnapping her, Brian David Mitchell.

Since Monday, Smart has spoken in a soft voice but remained strong as she recounted in graphic and disturbing detail her "nine months of hell," as she put it, in which she was raped almost daily as well as threatened with her life, forced to drink, take drugs and view pornography.

During Wednesday's testimony, she forcefully said her captor was hypocritical because he pretended to be a man of God.

"I know that everything he ever did to me and my family was never anything that God would tell somebody" to do, she said.

Her testimony resumed just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with prosecutor Felice Viti questioning her.

Judge Kimball: If we're ready to proceed, I'll get the jury in.

Clerk: All rise for the jury.

Judge Kimball: Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Thank you for being here promptly. We appreciate your work. Mr. Mitchell you have a constitutional right to be present, which we will waive if you sing.

(singing continues)

Kimball: All right, we'll remove him. We will begin as soon as we're advised that Mr. Mitchell is in the room where he can both see and hear the proceedings. Ms. Smart you may resume the stand.

You may proceed Mr. Viti.

Viti: Thank you, your honor. Miss Smart, I'd like to direct your attention to the Book of Immanuel David Isaiah for a moment. Just by way of refresher who actually wrote that book?

Elizabeth: The defendant.

Viti: Did you ever see him during your nine months writing it at all?

Elizabeth: It was written before I was kidnapped, but I can't remember for certain, but I think he may have added one last section when I was with him.

Elizabeth: I saw him spend time with the book.

Viti: Did you see him spending a lot of time writing the book when you were observing him?

Elizabeth: No

Viti: Did you read the book?

Elizabeth: Yes

Viti: Did the defendant tell you details about the night he took you from your home?

Elizabeth: It was spoken about. I don't know what you're …

Viti: Did the defendant ever describe that evening to you how he took you?

Elizabeth: Yes

Viti: During that description of that evening and how he took you did he ever tell you he did not use a weapon?

Elizabeth: Yes

Viti: He told you he did not use a weapon?

Elizabeth: Yes

Viti: Did he ever tell you your parents thought you were all right during the nine months?

Elizabeth: Yes

Viti: Did he ever tell you your parents invited him into your home to take you and to be with you?

Elizabeth: He didn't use that exact language but yes.

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