A California man accused of kidnapping then-11-year-old Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for nearly two decades is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.
Phillip Garrido faces charges including kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment.
Dugard was snatched in 1991 from the street in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. AuthoritiesÂ accuse Garrido and his wife, Nancy,Â of holdingÂ Dugard in a hidden compound behind their home for 18 years.
DugardÂ was 29 when she was found in August 2009 at the Garridos' home in Antioch, about 120 miles from her house.
Nancy Garrido pleaded not guilty late last year to charges in connection with the case, and proceedings against her husbandÂ wereÂ suspended last year untilÂ aÂ determination about his competencyÂ could be made.FULL STORY