Utah's Smart family wants plea deal

Jan. 5, 2005 at 12:02 PM
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SALT LAKE, Utah, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The family of famous kidnappee and Salt Lake, Utah, resident Elizabeth Smart is looking to settle out of court with her abductors to save her further trauma.

"Why should Elizabeth have to go through it all?" father Ed Smart asked KSL AM, Salt Lake City.

"I mean, why should she have to go to court and go through everything that she's already been through. I mean given the circumstances it's not like he didn't do what he did."

Smart allegedly was kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, leading to a highly publicized and several-month search for her return. Barzee has been found incompetent to stand trial, while Mitchell's February trail may be delayed because of mental competency issues.

Ed Smart said his daughter also wanted the case settled in a plea bargain.

"Elizabeth feels the same way, I mean she certainly doesn't want to see Brian get off, but she certainly doesn't want to go through a trial if she doesn't have to."

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