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Phillip Garrido's bail set at $30 million in Dugard kidnapping

PLACERVILLE — Phillip Garrido was ordered held on $30 million bail today by an El Dorado County judge who said Garrido posed too great a flight risk and was a danger to the community.

The ruling came at a bail hearing for Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, who are accused in the 1991 abduction of 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Nancy Garrido was ordered held without bail.

Judge Douglas Phimister also approved a request by Garrido's attorney that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Nancy Garrido's attorney reserved the right to seek such an evaluation for his client.

Both defendants appeared in court shackled and wearing red jail jumpsuits.

Phillip Garrido had a large bandage covering his nose. Sheriff's officials and District Attorney Vern Pierson said they could not comment on an inmate's private medical condition.

The $30 million bail for Phillip Garrido essentially was unnecessary because he already is the subject of a hold by Nevada officials because he allegedly violated parole in the abduction.

Pierson said he did not want to comment on reports that Dugard's family has signed a $1 million agreement to appear on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," but he told the 50 reporters gathered they should exhibit "basic human decency to honor their privacy."

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