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Jaycee Lee Dugard expected to testify in kidnapping case

September 24, 2009 |  7:30 am

Jaycee Lee Dugard is likely to testify in the criminal trial of Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping her and holding her in captivity for years, her attorney said.

McGregor Scott said Dugard is slowly recovering since being found last month but that the issue of telling a jury what happened to her has come up.

"I'm confident in saying that, if this case does proceed to trial, Jaycee will, in all likelihood, be a witness for the prosecution," he told CBS News. "She's aware of that and understands that."

Scott added: "I think she very clearly understands that some very bad and terrible things were done to her, and the people that committed those crimes need to be held accountable, and her participation with law enforcement is essential for that to happen."

Meanwhile, Ken Slayton, who says he's the biological father of kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard, pleaded with the girl's family today for a reunion and paternity test. Slayton, 63, appeared with Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred at her Miracle Mile office Wednesday afternoon, where both read prepared statements.

Allred said Slayton had dated Dugard's mother, Terry Susan Probyn, who went by her middle name, for about a month in 1979 when she became pregnant, but she never told him she had the baby. When he later learned through friends that she had given birth, Slayton was unable to locate Probyn, Allred said.

A spokeswoman for the Dugard family said they have not been contacted by Slayton since Jaycee was found. "This all comes as a big surprise," spokeswoman Erika Schulte said.

After Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991, FBI officials contacted Slayton, but he was not involved in the search, Allred said. Dugard was found by police last month after living for 18 years with Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who have been charged with kidnapping and raping her.

"I have had many nightmares over the years wondering if I could have done more to find Susan and the baby," Slayton said through tears. "Now that she has been found, I want her to know that our hearts are open to her and we long to be the loving, supportive and normal family to her and her children that she has not had for 18 years."

-- Shelby Grad and Molly Hennessy-Fiske


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