In Surprise, Jaycee's Alleged Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

Phillip Garrido was expected to plead guilty to spare her a trial
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 1:01 PM CDT
A 2009 photo of People magazine with Jaycee Lee Dugard on the cover.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard, holding her captive for 18 years, and fathering her two children has made a surprise move by pleading not guilty in court today, reports the Los Angeles Times. Phillip Garrido had been expected to plead guilty to spare Dugard a trial and to try to win a more lenient sentence for his wife, Nancy. Instead, a trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1, notes the AP. Nancy also pleaded not guilty. Click for previous stories on the Dugard case.

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