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. Mogwi

    Isnt it obvious that he has mental health issues? That doesnt deny what he did to that girl. As a repeat offender he needs to leave society for a long time.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hatchetman

      He needs to leave society forever!

      September 25, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Left Coast Chuck

    Better to have his competency determined now and get it out of the way rather than later on appeal. There will be an appeal but this eliminates one ground for the appeal.

    September 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEA

      You bring up another sore subject....Sick of all these appeals and trial delays....system has gone too far off the deep end! He was caught red handed the only proceding needed is the sentancing phase.

      September 25, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Agreed. @ TEA the process is long and arduous and I agree with your frustration, but there are necessary safeguards in place in our system. Those protections are for all of us because we are innocent until proven guilty. Clearly, the Garrido case will be no problem in proving the man guilty. I wish there was a more efficient way that implements our safeguards but didn't tie up the system for so long.

      September 25, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel, Ontario, Canada

    This is ridiculous. I have mental health issues and so do others, but we know what we are doing even when unmedicated. What a poor excuse to let people get off easier.

    September 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in NY

      Your comment reminds me of a girl I know who pushed in front of a subway train and killed by a man with schizophrenia, but he was cleared because he hadn't taken his meds in awhile. This despite the fact that the he killed another woman the same way, and was cleared for the same reason, a year earlier (my question was, well he knew he was a threat to others when he didn't take his meds but he choose not to take them again so he should be fried!)

      Mental illness can be a major issue but in all but the rarest of cases it should not excuse people's actions.

      September 27, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. peter

    Castration 4 HIM,aaand a nice MID EASTERN STONING 4 HER

    September 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmaria

      so she should die and he should live? huh?

      September 27, 2010 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Carl

    They are animals..Execute Them ASAP

    September 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. okay


    September 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tammy butler

    Hang him

    September 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NJ

    They are guilty! Hang em high!!! charged!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cabo wabo

    hello! only mental people do that stuff. people who are ok do not. one way or another he should never see daylight again.

    September 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. katee

    What about the emotional.physical,and mental abuse she suffered and will suffer???

    September 25, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Holly SLT

    Honestly this man destroyed my hometown and any sense of security we had there for 18 years!! We prayed, cried and never knew! Does he really deserve any extra time? The parole officers need to be more astute and in child molester's faces and lives and less worried about misdemeanors!! It is the parole/probation officers that are NOT doing their jobs... Being paid to falsely babysit at the cost of children's lives! I leave South Lake Tahoe for San Diego where 2 more murders of beautiful, sweet innocent children take place by a UN-supervised child molester is given the freedom! GOD bless Chelsea's Law! I'm just ecstatic Jaycee Lee is home! Check out Chelsea's Light Foundation and see the fast pace this law is taking!

    September 25, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michelle

    Yes, its obvious he's incompetent or he would not have comitted such acts. Incompetent or not he knew what he was doing. Once again I say, bullets are cheap,save the taxpayers some desperately needed money and just let's be done.

    September 25, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. TEA

    Ridculous!! The man maintained a home and a business, warped mind for sure but incompetant...NO! How did we ever let this countries justice system get this messed up??? We need to get back to the basics of right, wrong and providing swift justice. What is is going to take???

    September 25, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. jaymill

    Off with their heads!

    September 25, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. wendy

    i say let the woman and her family decide his fate. he doesnt deserve to die, but to be punished for the rest of his life, never to see the outside world again and be fed just enough to keep him alive for a long time to be mentally tortured and never be happy again!!

    September 25, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
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