updated 2/27/2009 6:22:01 PM ET 2009-02-27T23:22:01

A federal judge, prosecutors and a defense attorney agreed to a competency hearing for the man charged in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart.

The office of the U.S. attorney for Utah and federal public defenders disagreed about whether Brian David Mitchell can participate in his own defense.

Both sides want to present evidence from psychological experts and other witnesses before a judge decides whether Mitchell is competent to stand trial.

No date has been set for a hearing.

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