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Elizabeth Smart tells court about day of rescue

Nov 10, 2010 5:51:00 AM - thestate.com
Testifying for nearly six hours in a steady voice, Elizabeth Smart told a rapt audience that she was so terrified of her abductor that on the day police found her, she told them she was someone else.

Smart took the stand at her alleged kidnapper's trial for a second day Tuesday, telling jurors in U.S. District Court she was also too scared to speak up when a detective tried to question her in a public library months before she was finally freed.

She told jurors Brian David Mitchell raped her almost daily and forced her to drink, use drugs and view pornography. Once she tried to flee, and Mitchell and his wife caught her and told her an angel would cut her down with a sword if she ever tried it again.

Mitchell, who knew Smart because her mother had hired him to fix the family's leaky roof, is accused of kidnapping her from her bed in June 2002, when she was 14. His trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.

His attorneys say the homeless street preacher known as Immanuel was influenced by a worsening mental illness and religious beliefs that made him think he was doing what God wanted.

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