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Phillip Garrido's bail set at $30 million, will undergo psychiatric testing [Updated]

September 14, 2009 |  8:35 am

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister approved $30 million bail today for Phillip Garrido, saying he posed a danger to the public and was a flight risk, and also agreed to have him undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Garrido  The judge kept Garrido's wife, Nancy, on a no-bail hold in jail. [Updated at 8:50 a.m.: A previous version of this article said the judge kept Nancy Garrido's bail at its original amount. But there was never any bail set for her.

Phillip Garrido also had been on a no-bail hold before today; even if he were to come up with the bail amount of $30 million, he would have to stay in jail because he remains on a no-bail parole hold for a previous conviction.]

Susan Gellman, Phillip Garrido's attorney, requested the evaluation, and Nancy Garrido's attorney, Gilbert Maines, asked that the option be available to his client in the future. Phimister approved the request.

The couple will next appear in court Oct. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

The Garridos were arrested Aug. 26, the day after a sharp-eyed campus police officer at UC Berkeley stopped Phillip, 58, who was on campus distributing religious materials with two young girls.

The couple faces 29 charges of kidnapping and rape and is being held in El Dorado County Jail in the disappearance of Jaycee Dugard 18 years ago. Authorities believe the couple held Dugard in a ragged warren of tents and outbuildings behind their Antioch home and that Garrido fathered her two daughters there.

Dugard, 29, and the girls, age 11 and 15, have been in seclusion since they were reunited last month with family members. Phillip Garrido was convicted of kidnapping and pleaded guilty to rape in a separate 1976 attack.

He was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for the former and received a life sentence in Nevada state prison for the latter but served only 11 years.

-- Maria L. La Ganga in Placerville

Photo: Accused kidnapper, Phillip Garrido appears in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville, Calif. today. Credit: William Foster / EPA