Doctor: Man charged in Smart case is competent

December 3, 2009 10:30:27 AM PST
A psychiatrist says the man charged in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart has a narcissistic personality disorder but is competent to stand trial and has been since his 2003 arrest. Dr. Noel Gardner evaluated 56-year-old Brian David Mitchell in 2003 as part of a state case against him.

Gardner testified Thursday in U.S. District Court as part of a federal case against Mitchell, saying he never had a psychotic mental illness.

The hearing is intended to determine if Mitchell can stand trial on federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.

Mitchell's defense attorneys say Mitchell is incompetent to aid his defense.

Mitchell was twice deemed incompetent for trial in a state criminal case.