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Judge sets $30m bail for Jaycee kidnap accused

Published 15/09/2009

Bail of $30m (£18m) was fixed yesterday for Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard for 18 years.

In setting bail, Judge Douglas Phimister cited the serious nature of the charges, injuries to the girl and the fact that Garrido was already on parole at the time of the alleged abduction.

It also emerged yesterday that Dugard will have to face Garrido in court, US prosecutors confirmed.

Vern Pierson, El Dorado County district attorney, confirmed that, under US law, the Garridos have the right to face their accuser and that Dugard would have to appear in court. He said neither defendant had asked for a plea bargain. It is likely the case will not come to trial for more than a year.

Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy Garrido (54) have pleaded not guilty to 29 charges of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment and have been held without bail in an El Dorado jail. They face multiple life sentences.

The couple are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from her home in 1991 then holding her captive for nearly two decades.

Both defendants are due back in court for an October 29 hearing.

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