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Elizabeth Smart Leaves Courtroom During Disturbing Testimony


Dec. 1 2010, Published 2:10 p.m. ET

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On Wednesday, Elizabeth Smart abruptly walked out of the trail of her alleged kidnapper Brian David Mitchell, has learned.

Smart, 23, reportedly stormed out of the courtroom when a psychiatrist testifying in Mitchell's defense said he had been motivated to kidnap Smart because of his desire to have children and create a new race.

Forensic psychiatrist Paul Whitehead claims he obtained such information from journals of Mitchell's estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, according to KSL-TV. Whitehead testified that he believes Mitchell suffers from a "major psychotic illness" and a personality disorder.

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KSL-TV reports that Whitehead testified: "Mitchell was talking to Miss Smart about having babies to the point that Smart actually picked out a name if that happened."

That's the moment when Smart walked out of the courtroom, with her mother Lois in tow, after giving Whitehead a scathing look. Elizabeth’s father Ed had left the courtroom during an earlier point in Whitehead’s testimony.

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Mitchell suffered a seizure Tuesday before falling under the defense table as his lawyers desperately yelled for help.

Wednesday morning, showing no ill effects from the previous day's events, he entered the courtroom singing Christmas carols before he was removed to a nearby annex from which he could observe the rest of the trial.


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