|Published:||Dec 02, 2010 6:18 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 02, 2010 3:19 PM EST|
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A clinical psychologist for a federal prison hospital says a former street preacher charged in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart believes he will fight and defeat the anti-Christ.
Dr. Richart DeMier testified Thursday that he diagnosed defendant Brian David Mitchell as a paranoid schizophrenic after being ordered by a court to evaluate him in 2008.
He also says Mitchell thinks he is destined to fulfill a significant role at the end of the world.
Mitchell is on trial in U.S. District Court on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines.
Defense attorneys contend Mitchell is mentally ill and can't be held responsible for the crimes. Prosecutors contend Mitchell is faking mental illness to avoid prosecution.
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