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Accused Smart kidnapper has seizure in court

November 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The man charged in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart suffered an apparent seizure in the courtroom on Tuesday morning.The incident happened as the jury was about to get called in for another day of testimony.

Brian David Mitchell was moaning and lying on the floor, as paramedics rushed to his side.

Mitchell's former stepdaughter, Rebecca Woodridge, says the defendant has been housed in a jail medical unit recently because of seizure issues.

Smart was 14 when she was taken from her home at knifepoint. She was found nine months later.

Mitchell is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sexual activity. If convicted, Mitchell could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The former street preacher has been disrupting court proceedings on a daily basis with hymn singing and yelling.

Mitchell's attorneys contend that he is mentally ill and can't be held responsible for the crimes.