SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defense attorneys for a former street preacher charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart in Utah are wrapping up their case after seven days of testimony from about two dozen witnesses. The final defense witness said Thursday there had been red flags in the 1990s about the mental health and rapid decline of 57-year-old defendant Brian David Mitchell. Dr. Richart DeMier says an assessment done decades ago as part of a juvenile court referral found Mitchell was pre-psychotic at the age of 16. By the 1990s, DeMier says, Mitchell was married with a job and a leader at his Mormon church when something triggered a change. DeMier, a clinical psychologist, says Mitchell was rejected by his family and church, donned robes and started living in the woods. Mitchell is charged in federal court with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.
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