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Phillip Garrido and his wife are charged with kidnapping and rape [Updated]

August 28, 2009 |  2:13 pm
Wire1_kp3ulfnc Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have been charged with more than two dozen criminal counts in connection with the abduction of an 11-year-old South Lake Tahoe girl in 1991.

Both were charged with multiple counts of rape, forcible lewd acts on a child and kidnapping for sexual purposes, El Dorado County prosecutors said. Each was also charged with more than a dozen special allegations that could bring them the death penalty if convicted.

The couple, wearing jail-issued red jumpsuits, appeared in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville for a brief hearing. Phillip Garrido appeared dazed, his eyebrows furrowed upward, while his wife, wearing black-rimmed glasses, wore her long dark hair flung to the side, hiding her face from more than a dozen TV and newspaper photographers in the courtroom.

Nancy Garrido’s attorney, Gilbert Maines, told reporters that he had not had a chance to review the complaint against his client and had no idea of her state of mind.

“You saw her,” he said. “She’s sitting in the jury box crying.”

The Garridos are being held without bail. Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister set a court date for Sept. 14.

Wire_kp3vn3nc Garrido, 58, and his wife were arrested Wednesday in the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard and are suspected of holding her captive in the backyard of their Antioch home ever since. Garrido is believed to have fathered two daughters with Dugard, who is now 29. The girls are 11 and 15.

Garrido served time in federal and Nevada state prisons from 1977 to 1988 in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault he committed in November 1976, according to Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Garrido was originally sentenced to 50 years in the case, Pardee said. He entered a federal prison in June 1977 and was transferred to a Nevada state prison in Carson City in January 1988. He was paroled to California on Aug. 26, 1988.

[Updated 3:15 p.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Garridos could face the death penalty if convicted. They could face multiple life terms if convicted.]

-- Eric Bailey in Placerville

Photo: (Top) Phillip Garrido looks out at the courtroom Friday in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville, Calif., during his arraignment on 28 felony counts stemming from the abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991. At left is court-appointed attorney Susan Gellman, who represented Garrido. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) (Bottom) Deputies lead Nancy Garrido from El Dorado County Jail to her arraignment at a courthouse in Placerville, Calif. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

Photos: "A backyard within a backyard"

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