Jaycee Dugard’s Alleged Abductor Found Competent to Stand Trial

Jaycee Dugard (before her abduction) and Phillip Garrido

Nick Ut/AP; El Dorado County Sheriffs Office/Reuters/AP

updated 02/04/2011 AT 6:00 AM ET

originally published 02/04/2011 AT 6:45 AM ET

A judge on Thursday found Phillip Garrido mentally competent to stand trial for the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard.

Although Garrido’s defense attorney Susan Gellman had earlier proposed a jury trial to resolve the question, Gellman softened her stance and allowed El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister to rule on the issue after doctors who examined Garrido found him capable of understanding the proceedings and participating in his defense.


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