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Judge halts criminal proceedings against Garrido

September 24, 2010

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A judge has suspended criminal proceedings against the man accused of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard 19 years ago over concerns about his mental state.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister made the decision Friday after a short pretrial hearing for Phillip Garrido.

Phimister said he had concerns about Garrido's mental competency to stand trial on 29 counts of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment in the 1991 disappearance of Dugard.

The judge said he based his decision on talks with Garrido's attorney and observing the defendant in court over the past few months.

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