The trial of Brian David Mitchell begins Nov. 1, eight years after he allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. Jury selection begins Monday as the judge in the case ruled Mitchell was competent to stand trial. The case will be heard in Utah.
Here is a timeline of events:
Smart was 14 when she was taken from her bedroom on the night of June 5, 2002. A man wielding a knife pointed it to her throat and told her he would kill Smart and her family if she cried out for help, according to testimony given by Smart. Details came out for the first time when Smart testified at Mitchell's competency hearing in Oct. 2009.
Once Smart was abducted, she allegedly endured nine months of rape, starvation and primitive conditions at a campsite about 15 miles from her home in Salt Lake City. Mitchell, according to Smart, forced her to marry him and used religion as his method of manipulation to get what he wanted.
Two breakthroughs happened in the case that helped return Smart alive. The first was Smart's younger sister, Mary Katherine, recalling the kidnapper's voice in the house. In October, Mary Katherine's memory about the night in June clicked and she recognized the voice as Mitchell's, according to ABC News. Smart's alleged kidnapper had done some roofing work for the Smart family in 2001. Now investigators had a name and a face to search.
The second breakthrough happened when two callers identified Mitchell and possibly Smart walking in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy on March 12, 2003. When police found her, they said Smart was a "smart, alert lady" and they were "convinced she was kidnapped," according to CNN. Smart's nine-month ordeal had finally ended and she was safe with her family.
Mitchell, 56, and his wife Wanda Barzee, 64, are charged with Smart's abduction and repeated rape. Barzee pleaded guilty in early 2010 to charges of kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines. Barzee will serve a 15-year sentence and undergo psychological therapy in a plea deal reached with prosecutors.
Smart is currently in France on Mormon mission. She will be flown to the United States to testify in Mitchell's trial and then fly back to Paris once her testimony is complete, according to the Deseret News. Smart is not on the list of witnesses for the prosecution nor is Barzee for the trial of Mitchell, who has been labeled a "religious zealot" by prosecutors in the case.
After jury selection is complete the prosecution will begin to call witnesses at Mitchell's trial. There are 22 witnesses listed for the prosecution including police, psychology experts and people who saw Smart with her abductors in public.