September 24th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

Garrido trial postponed pending competency exam

Criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido will be put on hold until a determination is made as to whether the California man is competent to stand trial, a spokeswoman for El Dorado County Superior Court said.

A hearing has been set for October 8, when an expert will be appointed. Garrido did appear in court today.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive in their Antioch home for 18 years. Parole officers visiting the home of Garrido, a convicted rapist, saw and spoke to Dugard but never questioned why she was there, California officials disclose in newly released documents that figured in the settlement.

The state of California recently signed a $20 million settlement with Dugard.

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  1. JerriC

    There's nothing wrong with this fruitcake except that he is evil. Do something with him already.

    September 27, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. amandah skelton

    i say put the lady in with her mom for 24 hours and the husband in with her dad for 24 hours..... as with most parents there will be justice!

    September 27, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. robert

    I dont you people get the point here you people want hang him do all this crap well this ante going to happen this ante the old western where you could hang them after trial thease guys aftere being held respbul they have more rights then we do if you bother these predtors what they are you can be in a lot of trouble messing with thease people . govener there just sign a bill in efect if whone time the half to do is hurt a child they go away for life .and it should be like that get rid of them for good not ment for the world

    September 27, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. zaglossus

    This case is taking way too long (can there be any doubt of their guilt?) I hope it doesn't turn into a repeat of the Elizabeth Smart case in which the defense was able to stall it for years and years.

    September 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zaglossus

    Death penalty is not going to happen. But do please get this trial over with (they're not going to walk) and throw away the key afterwards.

    September 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bug Killer

    Crazy like a fox.

    September 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lynmaree

    Seriously???? Like we need a test to know he's a whack job!!! or to call him "suspect" when we all know he's guilty...legal tactics to delay the inevitable

    September 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Melanie Fox

    I am a person with a disability and I find that they should be put to death, kidnapping a a girl and then having the excitment of keeping her hidden in a house. They tortured her I think she deserves a lot more than 20 million dollars. That poor girl had to live on that sick piece of real estate for twenty years. I hope the chair finds them.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IBMADATTHIS

    Good Grief! This is a slap in the face to the victim. He doesn't deserve to have that right, he never gave the girl a chance at a real childhood.

    September 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. angiebaby

    Unreal! what people think 2 do 2 another human being and try 2 get away with it! God is a forgiving God!

    September 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brandy campbell

    He needs to be took out and shot,yes! But the parol officers need to be prosecuted too, they saw her why did they not ask the question who is she! Those 3 words would have solved this way before! I think after the first offense the should be locked up 4 good! I could take care of him in 5 minutes!

    September 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anthony slaton

    roll a joint and think about it peace love rock n roll

    September 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. slym

    Why is everyone so focused on dealing with him? It is sad that he is trying to abuse a loophole in our legal system, but that loophole exists to prevent a man or woman manipulated into committing a crime (which I will state for record the Garrido's were not) from being unjustly convicted of a crime. As for all of you who want old west justice... well I'll just say that I'll keep a rope handy and a keen eye out for a good tree branch the next time anyone of you takes to shoplifting.

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinker

      Slym, do you have kids? How about we let Garrido come and live with you and your kids? He can share a bedroom with your kids? Sound good? didn't think so. Go make love to a tree and leave justice to the people who have the back bone to deliver it.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thinker

    OK, its one of two ways
    1) He is competent and needs to be put away for life without parol (since we don't YET have the death penalty for this)
    or
    2) He is not competent in which case, in his incompetent ability to fuction in society, he is too dangerouse to walk around in public and needs to be put away for life without parol.
    Either way its the same, he should be put away for life so he cannot do it a THIRD time.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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