Federal judge OKs testimony from Elizabeth Smart

September 28, 2009 2:15:51 PM PDT
A federal judge says he will allow Elizabeth Smart to testify in competency proceedings for the man charged with her 2002 abduction. In a ruling monday, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball says Smart's testimony is relevant to the issue of Brian David Mitchell's competency for trial.

Smart is scheduled to provide her testimony Thursday.

Smart was 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home. She was found nine months later in a suburb with Mitchell and his estranged wife.

Last year, Mitchell was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.

A 10-day competency hearing is scheduled to begin Nov. 30.

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