Judge halts criminal proceedings against Garrido
Associated Press Writer
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) – A judge has suspended criminal proceedings against the man accused of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard over concerns about his mental state.
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister made the decision Friday after a short pretrial hearing for Phillip Garrido.
Phimister said he had concerns about Garrido’s mental competency to stand trial on 29 counts in the 1991 disappearance of Dugard.
The judge said he based his decision on talks with Garrido’s attorney and observing the defendant in court over the past few months. Psychological reports on his mental competency are still pending.
The judge did not halt proceedings against Garrido’s wife, Nancy, who also faces kidnapping and rape counts.