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Man Accused of Kidnapping Elizabeth Smart Refuses to Come to Court

A man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart refused to leave a psychiatric hospital Monday for a court hearing to review his competency to stand trial.

Third District Judge Judith Atherton ordered sheriff's deputies to transport Brian David Mitchell from Utah State Hospital.

Atherton said Mitchell "cannot refuse to come to court."

Mitchell screamed at Atherton, telling her, "forsake those robes and kneel in the dust."

He and his estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, are charged with kidnapping Smart from her home in June 2002. She was 14 at the time.

Mitchell, 53, and Barzee, 61, have been found mentally unfit to stand trial and both are at the state hospital.

The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether Barzee can be forced to take drugs to improve her mental health. Doctors have been trying to treat Mitchell without drugs.

Nine months after Smart disappeared, she was found with Barzee and Mitchell walking along a street in Sandy, a Salt Lake City suburb. All were wearing robes, and the teen also had a veil over her face.