Elizabeth Smart kidnapper suffers seizure in court

SALT LAKE CITY — The former street preacher charged with kidnapping and assaulting Elizabeth Smart has suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom.

Paramedics rushed inside the courtroom to attend to Brian David Mitchell, who was moaning and lying on the floor.

The incident happened today just as the jury was about to get called into the courtroom for another day of testimony.

Mitchell’s former stepdaughter, Rebecca Woodridge, says the defendant has been housed in a jail medical unit recently because of seizure issues.

His attorneys don’t dispute that Smart was abducted from her home at knifepoint and held captive, but contend that Mitchell is mentally ill and can’t be held responsible for the crimes.



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