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.