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Further Delays Possible in Smart Kidnapping Prosecution

Further Delays Possible in Smart Kidnapping Prosecution



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's another bump in the road in the case against the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.

Another competency hearing for Brian David Mitchell was supposed to begin Thursday. But it's been cancelled because one of the experts assigned to mentally examine Mitchell has asked for a 30-day extension.

That's putting his scheduled February First trial date in jeopardy.

The additional competency review was ordered after Mitchell burst into song during a hearing last month and had to be escorted from the courtroom.

Defense attorneys have said Mitchell is becoming increasingly unable to assist in his own defense.

Mitchell's wife Wanda Barzee, who is also charged in the 2002 kidnapping, was found incompetent to stand trial and is being treated at the Utah State Hospital.

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

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