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Prosecution Expert to Testify at Mitchell Hearing

Prosecution Expert to Testify at Mitchell Hearing

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The competency hearing for Brian David Mitchell will continue for the second day today.

Mitchell's two-day hearing will determine if he's mentally able to be prosecuted in the alleged 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart.

An expert for the prosecution is expected to take the stand day today. He has said Mitchell is competent to stand trial.

Yesterday, two defense psychologist testified that Mitchell is incompetent to stand trial.

One of the defense experts and the only one to actually interview Mitchell said he was initially "situationally competent," but his mental state has deteriorated.

A judge had Mitchell removed from the courtroom twice yesterday for singing religious songs.

The hearing is expected to get underway today around 9 a.m.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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