May 20th, 2010
02:19 AM ET

New hearing in Dugard case set for Thursday

A court hearing is scheduled Thursday in the case of a northern California couple accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for more than 18 years in a ramshackle backyard compound.

Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 54, are charged with 29 felony counts in the kidnapping of Dugard, who was 11 when she was snatched in 1991 from the street in front of her house in South Lake Tahoe, California.

The couple have pleaded not guilty.

The hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) at the El Dorado County Superior Court, is a procedural matter about witnesses in the case.

Authorities say the Garridos held Dugard in a hidden compound behind their home for 18 years.  She was 29 when she was found in August at the Garridos' home in Antioch about 120 miles from her house.

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  1. Christopher

    I hate to say this, but there is no way that their neighbors could not have known that they were holding this girl or that something strange was going on, when more food than was necessary to feed one person was coming into the house.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • huh

      Huh? You watch your neighbors that closely? You know how much food goes into their house? That is the most idiotic statement I have heard in a long time. People are fools who think if it was them they would have known. Not bloody likely.

      May 20, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. jus sayin'

    i have the 3 fattest neighbors on earth... and i have never seen them bring food or groceries in.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      They might be on a diet. lol

      May 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jennifer

    The neighbors DID alert police. Police came to the house several times, but did not check behind their back fence. The compound was hidden behind their backyard fence.

    Please do your research, people!

    May 20, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. LW

    hahaha christopher just got sooo owned. lulz

    May 20, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. ME

    Stop with all these wasted court proceedings! Everyone knows they are guilty FRY the b@ast@rds!!! Who cares if they don't get a fair trial...Did Jaycee??? Besides they won't care since they would be fried....I would LOVE to push that button!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. AZ

    Fried? California has executed 13 people since 1976– you think these alleged offenders would really qualify? If convicted, these people are going to drain tax dollars for the rest of their lives and have a terrific health insurance plan.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chandler

    i am so glad that the judge did not allow Phillip and Nancy to visit each other in jail because Phillip would once again brainwash Nancy into not telling authorities whatever truth she knows about him.thank God.
    but i don't know why the case is proceeding so slowly.seems like it's taking for ever to get them both convicted.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. toothfairy32

    they claim they are not guilty. Can we add "lying" to their charges?

    July 11, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. jake

    I watched a program on this case and there is plenty of blame to go around but as far as the defendants are concerned I say give them a FAIR trial then torture them both to death because that's about the best they deserve. he should still be jailed from his other case! She (Jaycee) must be a very strong person to have survived her ordeal.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |