Doctor: Suspect in Smart case is schizophrenic
SALT LAKE CITY — A clinical psychologist for a federal prison hospital says a former street preacher charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart believes he will fight and defeat the anti-Christ.
Dr. Richart DeMier testified today that he diagnosed defendant Brian David Mitchell as a paranoid schizophrenic after being ordered by a court to evaluate him in 2008.
He also says Mitchell thinks he is destined to fulfill a significant role at the end of the world.
Mitchell is on trial in U.S. District Court on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.
Defense attorneys contend Mitchell is mentally ill and can’t be held responsible for the crimes.
Prosecutors contend Mitchell is faking mental illness to avoid prosecution.