PLACERVILLE, Calif. --- The latest twist in the Jaycee Lee Dugard case: After all pre-trial indications pointed towards a guilty plea, the accused has made a surprising move.
Phillip Garrido, a sex offender accused of keeping Dugard captive for 18 years and forcing her to give birth to his children, pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
Garrido had been expected to plead guilty to all counts -- after his wife Nancy's attorney said a plea deal had been reached. In fact, the wife's attorney -- Stephen Tapson -- went on record as saying the pair already confessed to the crimes.
That wasn't the case in court, however, as Garrido pleaded not guilty.
Jaycee Lee Dugard, 11, was kidnapped June 10, 1991 while waiting for a school bus within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. After 18 years, Dugard, her daughters, and Garrido appeared in the office of her alleged kidnapper's parole officer in California on August 26, 2009. Their unusual behavior sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Dugard, who was living in a tent behind Garrido's home.
The Garrido couple of Antioch, California were arrested for kidnapping and other charges. Law enforcement officers believe Dugard was kept in a concealed area behind Garrido's house in Antioch for 18 years. During this time, Dugard bore two daughters who were aged 11 and 15 at the time of her reappearance.