Courts & Crime

DA: Garrido trial may take 2 years to commence

Phillip Garrido's attorney has filed a broad request for information on what type of evidence has been gathered against her client, who is charged with abducting Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11.

Public defender Susan Gellman filed her six-page request in El Dorado Superior Court in California asking for an array of information, including a list of prosecution witnesses to be called at trial and whether any have convictions for felonies or moral turpitude.

She also is requesting witness statements, photos, police officer notes and records of samples of hair, blood, urine or tissue taken during the investigation.

Gellman asks for "all relevant real evidence seized or obtained as part of the investigation of the offense(s) charges" as well as "the existence of a felony or moral turpitude conviction of any material witness whose credibility is likely to be critical to the outcome of the trial."

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are being held in the El Dorado County Jail and are scheduled to return to court Oct. 29 for a preliminary hearing. The district attorney's office has said a trial for the couple likely will not commence for up to two years.

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