SALT LAKE CITY – The man charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart (search) was kicked out of his mental competency trial Friday after he began singing a religious hymn.
Brian David Mitchell (search) sang, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven's at hand" just minutes after the hearing began. This is the fourth time he has been removed from hearings for singing hymns.
Mitchell, a self-proclaimed messenger of God who allegedly kidnapped then 14-year-old Elizabeth in 2002 and kept her as his second wife, was ordered to undergo a new round of mental evaluations in December after he broke into a hymn during a hearing.
Friday's hearing resumed with defense expert Stephen Golding (search) testifying that Mitchell has become increasingly more mentally disturbed and unfit for trial.
Also scheduled to testify was a mental health expert for the prosecution who has concluded the homeless street preacher is fit for trial.
Mitchell's lawyers have said he was becoming less able to aid his defense and has grown delusional in jail since September, when he was declared competent after seven months of evaluations.
Defense experts testified during hearings last month that Mitchell was not fit for trial.
Mitchell, 51, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, 59, are charged with kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated kidnapping. He is also charged in the attempted abduction of Elizabeth's cousin seven weeks after her kidnapping.
Barzee, who has filed for divorce, has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and is being treated at a state facility.