Witness: Suspect in Smart case stalked others

December 7, 2009 6:44:56 PM PST
A psychiatrist has testified that the estranged wife of Brian David Mitchell said he stalked other girls in Salt Lake City before targeting 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002. Dr. Michael Welner testified Monday in federal court that Wanda Barzee told him Mitchell followed girls on buses and kept track of them but couldn't get their home addresses.

Barzee told Welner that Mitchell knew Smart's address because he had been hired to work on the roof of the family's home.

Welner is testifying at a hearing to determine if Mitchell is competent to stand trial on federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.

Defense attorneys say Mitchell is incompetent to stand trial.


Load Comments