DA: Suspects in Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping charged with total of 29 criminal counts
By John Simerman
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 08/28/2009 09:08:48 AM PDT
Updated: 08/28/2009 05:48:42 PM PDT
The rape of Jaycee Dugard by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido began within a month of her abduction at age 11, extended through her childhood and involved not only Phillip Garrido, but also his wife, Nancy, according to charges filed by El Dorado County prosecutors today.
Whether Nancy Garrido physically participated in the sexual assaults was unclear. Combined, the couple face 29 felony counts that could bring each of them multiple life sentences if convicted.
They appeared together in a media-packed Placerville courtroom this afternoon for their arraignment, sitting in the jury box, their arms shackled in front of their waists. Nancy Garrido,54, heaved, furrowed her brow and hung her dark hair over her face, shielding it from a wall of cameras. Phillip Garrido, 58, seated behind, glanced at his wife, expressionless.
Neither spoke as their newly appointed attorneys entered not guilty pleas to all of the charges and denied a long roster of enhancements. At the prosecutor's request, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister disallowed bail for both. Earlier, bail had been set at $1 million each.
The charges, which refer to Dugard only as "Jane Doe," include six felony counts each of forcible rape, seven counts each of "forcible lewd act on a child," and for both Garridos, counts of kidnapping of a child under 14, kidnapping for sexual purposes and false imprisonment by violence.
Several special allegations would add to their sentences if convicted. Among them are a second strike for Garrido, from the 1977 rape and abduction of a casino employee in Nevada.
"She's legally charged with rape based on the theory she participated in it," he said. "We don't have to prove she physically did a rape. All we have to prove is she aided and abetted with knowledge of the crime."
The felony counts are divided into time periods based on evidence prosecutors have gathered over a 48-hour period, said Clark. Additional counts are likely to follow, he said.
The time periods include the month after Dugard's abduction on June 10, the two periods in which she became pregnant by Phillip Garrido, first as a young teen, and a few others between the abduction and 1997. They do not pinpoint when the first rape took place, only that it took place between June 10 and July 10, 1991. more at link: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_13223047