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
Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's killer, was denied parole for the sixth time Tuesday, according to the New York State Division of Parole.
A three-member panel of the New York State Parole Board Commissioners conducted a video conference interview with Chapman from their offices in Rochester. Chapman's latest quest for freedom comes just months short of the 30th anniversary of the death of the former member of the Beatles.