Elizabeth Smart: Sex and Drugs Were Kidnapper's Top Priorities
Elizabeth Smart finished up her third and final day of testimony saying that the man who kidnapped and raped her was just a vicious hypocrite who used religion to justify his horrible deeds.
"He was his number one priority, followed by sex, drugs and alcohol, but he used religion in all of those aspects to justify everything," Smart said in a clear voice.
She finished her testimony Wednesday morning after just 15 minutes of cross-examination by a defense lawyer for Brian David Mitchell, an itinerant street preacher accused of taking her from home knifepoint on June 5, 2002, when she was 14.
Mitchell, 57, is charged in federal court with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.
Mitchell's defense attorneys contend he suffers from an escalating mental illness and holds extreme religious beliefs that lead him to think he is directed by God.
Smart gave a spirited rejection of that contention on the stand Wednesday, calling Mitchell a hypocrite.
"Nine months of living with him and seeing him proclaim that he was God's servant and called to do God's work and everything he did to me was my family is something that I know that God would not tell somebody to do," she said. "God would never tell someone to kidnap her at knifepoint from their bed, from her sister's side ... never continue to rape her and sexually abuse her."