Mental State of Lake Tahoe Girl’s Alleged Kidnapper Could Be an Issue at Trial

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 16, 2009 12:00 pm

The actions of alleged kidnapper Phillip Garrido in the day and days leading up to his arrest have raised questions about his mental state, and could be an issue when he comes to trial.  Garrido, who along with wife Nancy is charged with 29 felony counts in relation to the kidnapping of South Lake Tahoe girl Jaycee Lee Dugard, showed a lack of discretion and was very outspoken in the days before his arrest.  

He took the two daughters he had with Dugard, while she was in captivity, to the University of California at Berkeley, where he was trying to get a permit to deliver his preaching materials.  This is when two campus police officers became suspicious, ran a background check and discovered he was a registered sex offender, and then contacted his parole officer.  He also brought his daughters to the parole meeting, along with his wife Nancy and Dugard.  Experts say he could have done this because of a mental illness or sheer bravado.  

However, at some point, Garrido will be evaluated to see if he suffers from a psychotic or psychiatric condition.  This will be very important as prosecutors begin to try the case, which probably will not begin for 1-2 years.  Garrido appeared at a hearing on Monday and the judge ordered his bond to be set at $30 million.  Since she was released, Dugard has been at an undisclosed location in the Bay Area with her family.