Elizabeth Smart Faces Gentle Cross-Examination

Elizabeth Smart and Brian David Mitchell

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; AP

11/10/2010 AT 1:45 PM ET

Taking the stand for a third day, a calm and poised Elizabeth Smart finished her testimony for the prosecution Wednesday and then was questioned for only 15 minutes by a lawyer for alleged kidnapper Brian David Mitchell.

Suggesting that Mitchell suffered from mental illness, defense attorney Robert Steele asked Smart about Mitchell’s frequent singing and praying during the nine months she was abducted when she was 14 years old.

Smart was also asked about the night in 2002 when she said Mitchell took her at knifepoint from the bedroom of her Salt Lake City home.

“Is it possible at that time he said, ‘I don’t want to have to hurt you and your family?’ Is it possible those were his words?”

“Possible,” Smart told the jury in federal court in Salt Lake City.


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