SALT LAKE CITY — If his attorneys get their way, Brian David Mitchell will take his courtroom antics elsewhere.

Mitchell, 56, who has become known for courtroom disturbances that routinely require that he be removed, has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting Elizabeth Smart. He is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 1, but his attorneys are now asking that the trial be moved to allow him to be tried by impartial jurors.

According to the motion filed Friday, Mitchell has "the right to trial by 'indifferent' jurors 'free from outside influences,' who base their decision solely on the evidence, undisturbed by personal prejudice or public passion."

The motion was not unexpected, as attorneys had indicated in March that they were planning on seeking a change of venue. Mitchell's case may be heard in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado or Wyoming — states which are overseen by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Mitchell was indicted on charges of interstate kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity. The charges were based on the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart, then 15. Mitchell proclaimed himself a "prophet" and purported to take Smart as one of his polygamous wives.

He is facing additional charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, all first-degree felonies, in state court.

His co-defendant, his wife at the time of the abduction, Wanda Barzee, agreed to a plea deal that resolved the cases against her in both the state and federal courts, in exchange for her cooperation in the criminal proceedings against Mitchell.

She was sentenced in May to 15 years in federal prison for her role in the kidnapping and sexual assault of Smart and one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for the attempted kidnapping of Smart's then-15-year-old cousin.

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