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Apr082011

Jaycee Dugard's Alleged Kidnapper Pleads Not Guilty

El Dorado County Sheriff via Getty Images(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) -- Phillip Garrido now says he's not guilty in the alleged kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard when she was 11 years old.  Prosecutors maintain Garrido fathered Dugard's two children during the two decades they say she was his captive.

This development stunned the courtroom in Placerville, California Thursday after it was widely reported that Garrido would plead guilty.

He and his wife, Nancy Garrido, are accused of abducting Dugard from her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991 and keeping her prisoner until investigators discovered the alleged victim's whereabouts last summer.

Garrido's wife is separately awaiting her own trial, unless she gets a better deal from El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

Dugard, now 30, has already said she would testify against Phillip and Nancy Garrido if the case went to trial.

The next hearing for the two suspects is scheduled in May, with a trial set for the Garridos on August 1.

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