Suspect in Elizabeth Smart case deemed competent

Elizabeth Smart, right, walks out of the federal courthouse with her mother Lois Smart after testifying at a competency hearing for her alleged kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, Oct. 1 2009, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Colin Braley)

March 1, 2010 12:59:29 PM PST
A federal judge on Monday ruled that the man charged in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart is competent to stand trial, paving the way for him to face charges nearly eight years after the girl was snatched from her bedroom.