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Ed Smart: Family wants speedy resolution

Published: Wed, January 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The father of Elizabeth Smart says the family wants a quick resolution to the kidnapping and sexual assault charges against the girl's alleged abductor, Brian David Mitchell -- even if that means a plea deal.
Salt Lake City radio station KSL first reported Ed Smart's comments in a story on its Web site. Reached later at his home by The Associated Press, Smart expressed doubt that anything could be gained by Mitchell's upcoming trial.
"I'd just as soon have a plea deal and the whole thing be finished," Smart said.
Smart said the important thing is that Mitchell stay in jail, which is where he's been since he and his wife, Wanda Barzee, were found with Elizabeth in a Salt Lake City suburb nine months after she was allegedly taken from her home in 2002.
"Whether we went ahead and made some kind of plea agreement and knocked some of the charges off it wouldn't make that big a difference," Smart said.
Elizabeth agrees, he said. "If there isn't some benefit from doing it, why go through it?"
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