Jaycee Dugard May Testify in Kidnapping Case
The prosecutor discusses trial plans after a judge holds Phillip and Nancy Garrido on $30 million bail
Jaycee Dugard may have to testify in open court against the couple accused of holding her hostage for 18 years, a prosecutor said Monday after a bail hearing.
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister ordered $30 million bail and a psychiatric evaluation for Phillip Garrido, 58, saying he poses a danger to the public and is a flight risk.
Garrido’s wife and alleged accomplice Nancy Garrido, 54, faces most of the same 29 felony charges. She allegedly grabbed Jaycee when she was 11 years old, as she walked the two blocks from her family’s South Lake Tahoe home to her school bus.
After the hearing, El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson was asked if Dugard would have to testify in the couple’s trial. “Yes, I would expect that to be the case,” he said, though added that “it’s a pretty unusual case” and those plans could change.
During the nearly two decades after her abduction, Phillip Garrido allegedly raped Jaycee, kept her captive in his invalid mother’s Antioch, Calif., home, and had two daughters with her: Starlit, 15, and Angel, 11.
Pierson said he was worried that the media’s intense interest in the young woman and her family would add to their trauma. “They have a lot to deal with right now and should be given their privacy,” Pierson told reporters.
In response to offers of assistance, two trust funds have been set up at a financial services company where Jaycee’s grandmother worked.
Jaycee’s family tells PEOPLE that it hopes her case brings hope and attention to cases of children who are still missing.