SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The accused kidnapper of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared competent to stand trial in a Salt Lake City courtroom Tuesday.
Brian David Mitchell was ordered to return to court Thursday in preparation for a preliminary hearing on charges he abducted Smart from her home in 2002 and held her captive for nine months.
Media reports said Mitchell's attorneys stipulated their client could stand trial even though his bizarre transient lifestyle had raised questions about his competency.
Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, wandered the streets of the Salt Lake area in white robes. Elizabeth was dressed that way as well when police discovered her and her alleged kidnappers in a Salt Lake suburb last year.
Court documents indicated Mitchell felt compelled by God to abduct Smart and hold her captive, The Deseret News said Tuesday.