(CBS/AP) Phillip Garrido, the Northern California man who allegedly kidnapped Jaycee Dugard when she was 11-years-old and held her captive for nearly two decades, has been ruled competent to stand trial by an El Dorado County judge.
Garrido, along with his wife Nancy, were indicted in September 2010 of 18 counts including kidnapping, forcible rape, lewd acts on a child and false imprisonment. The indictment also alleges Phillip Garrido videotaped sex acts involving himself and his wife with the victim. Both defendants were charged with possession of child pornography.
Nancy Garrido pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the court had said it will wait for a mental competency evaluation for Philip Garrido before accepting his plea.
Lawyers for Phillip Garrido had argued that he is not mentally competent for trial, and a jury was set to hear arguments on the competency issue.
But both sides agreed instead to let El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister decide.
After the agreement was announced in court Thursday, Phimister quickly issued his ruling, based on numerous psychiatric reports.
Philip Garrido had been convicted rape and kidnapping in 1977 and made to register as a sex offender. Despite being visited regularly by parole officers, he was allegedly able to keep Dugard and the two children he fathered with her a secret for nearly 20 years.