Elizabeth Smart tells jurors of 2002 abduction

SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart told jurors today how she was awakened with a cold knife on her throat and initially thought her 2002 abduction was a nightmare.

She took the stand on the first day of testimony in the Salt Lake City federal trial of Brian David Mitchell, who is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.

The case resumed after an appeals court rejected a request to move the case out of Utah.

Mitchell’s lawyers say he was mentally ill, but prosecutors say he knew what he was doing.

Smart was 14 when she was taken. She was found nine months later.

Smart says she remembers hearing a man’s voice and feeling something cold across her neck, and that he threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t leave with him.



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