Phillip Garrido, Nancy Garrido
PLACERVILLE, CA - Phillip Garrido returned to court in Placerville Thursday morning and contrary to what one attorney in the case said might happen, did not plead guilty to kidnapping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years.
Instead, Garrido entered a not guilty plea to all charges and will go to trial Aug. 1.
Garrido and wife Nancy Garrido are charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape.
Nancy Garrido's defense lawyer Stephen Tapson earlier indicated a plea deal was in the works for Phillip Garrido. But after Thursday's hearing, Garrido's defense attorney Susan Gellman contradicted Tapson and said, "There was no offer on the table."
Tapson also talked with reporters after the hearing. He had been counting on Phillip Garrido's guilty plea so Garrido could testify at Nancy's trial in the hope of securing her a lighter sentence.
Tapson said Phillip Garrido's testimony would prove his client "was not as bad as he is."
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson also spoke outside the courthouse. According to Pierson, Phillip Garrido's defense attorney was in the process of challenging the composition of the grand jury that indicted the Garridos and with a ruling yet to be issued, Phillip Garrido opted for a trial.
Tapson has been trying to get a better deal for Nancy Garrido in exchange for her guilty plea. He said the last offer from prosecutors had her serving a prison sentence of 180 years to life.
Previous discussions with the district attorney's office would have given Nancy Garrido a sentence of more than 241 years in prison and 440 years for Phillip Garrido.
The Garridos are accused of kidnapping Dugard as she waited for a school bus in South Lake Tahoe in 1991 when she was 11 years old.
She was held captive in the Garridos' backyard in Antioch for 18 years, where Phillip Garrido allegedly raped her repeatedly. He fathered her two daughters.
Also at Thursday's hearing, the court granted the prosecution's request to amend count 2- kidnapping of a minor and count 3 - kidnapping for sexual intent to special allegations to count 1 - kidnapping.