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. ginger ale

    Baubos right. TORTURE 4 them both. 18 years of it. A quick death is not adequate punishment 4 what these trailer trash Garridos did 2 that girl.

    September 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. squeakus

    if the guy is mentally incompetent and law enforcement failed to see the situation right under it's nose, that really says a lot about the mental competency of the police force and probation office....the guy is obviously disturbed but knows right from wrong, which will render him competent to stand trial, but what is the "law's" excuse?

    September 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sheena27

    he is totally competant.. Building the backyard prison.. Hiding her away.. Changing her name.. To me this implies that he knew what he was doing had consequences, and therefore was wrong.. he was afraid of being caught, and made every effort to conceal what he was doing..

    September 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    That sick SOB they need to hang him

    September 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. threehorses

    He was sane enough to know to hide her; he's sane enough to stand trial. Period.

    September 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yowza

    People. You are confusing issues. Garrido'd competency is to determine whether he is able to assist in his own defense NOT to decide his culpability (guilt) vs an insanity defense. Different issues. BTW, how come the fact that Garrido's mother lived there too is so seldom mentioned? It was HER house!

    September 26, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yowza

    People. You are confusing issues. Garrido's competency is to determine whether he is able to assist in his own defense NOT to decide his culpability (guilt) vs an insanity defense. Different issues. BTW, how come the fact that Garrido's mother lived there too is so seldom mentioned? It was HER house!

    September 26, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. cry me a river

    lets get real people. one day these creeps will have 2 face their maker. no matter their fate here i sure in a hell wouldn't want 2 be them on their day of judgement. they may fool man but can not fool their maker!!!!

    September 26, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. teremist

    The test of competency, under the law, in most states, is simply, did the defendant KNOW their actions were wrong.
    Usually, 2 or more acts, to conceal the crime, are required to show, that they did. Competency, is not the same thing legally as sanity. Competency to stand trial, is another issue, and revolves around the ability to understand the cause of the proceedings, and the possible consequences, and to assist counsel, in a meaningful way.............My theory is: You don't keep a rabid dog for a pet, you shoot the thing!

    September 26, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. shekia

    I feel that is very unfair all the liberties and rights that we give to criminals who take that very thing from their victims. Does it matter what his mental state is when either outcome should be that he is no longer able to hurt anyone else. Another thing is if your capable of trying to hide your crime then you in my opinion should be capable of paying for your crime. It sickens me how such an open and shut case is going to cost tax payers so much money regardless of what happens. I am not neccesarrily a strong supporter of the death penalty but I also do not want to pay to house, feed, and clothe a man of this nature.

    September 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. robert

    You know all you people are sick you guys think about hurting people let the courts handle this they got places for people like this just let know they got for rights we do you will go to jail harrass intemdate or threating them .

    September 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. debbie

    Just fry his ass.

    September 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jose Wales

    This man and his wife needs to be locked up for life until its their time to answer to the Lord for their actions.

    September 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charles Bronson a.k.a. vigilante

    I KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THEM !!!! Just like I took care of this kind in the 70's & 80's

    September 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Katie

    DEATH TO THE GARRIDOS!

    There is only one judicious way for this battle to end.

    September 27, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
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