Officer: Mitchell lied about Smart when arrested

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Utah police officer says the man accused of abducting Elizabeth Smart gave a false name and told police the girl was his daughter.Troy Rasmussen told jurors Monday in Smart’s abduction trial that Brian David Mitchell said he was a messenger of God at the time he was arrested.The former Sandy officer says Mitchell seemed to use religious speak as if he was playing a role and relied on it when he felt cornered.Mitchell faces federal kidnapping charges related to Smart’s abduction in 2002. If convicted, Mitchell could spend the rest of his life in prison.Mitchell’s lawyers contend he is mentally ill and shouldn’t be held responsible for his crimes.Rasmussen testified as a rebuttal witness for prosecutors, who say Mitchell is faking his mental illness.

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