Prosecutor: Evidence in Dugard case overwhelming

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A district attorney prosecuting the couple charged with kidnapping and holding Jaycee Dugard captive for nearly two decades says he has overwhelming evidence against suspect Phillip Garrido.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson also said Thursday that he had information that could mitigate the guilt of Garrido's wife, Nancy Garrido.

Pierson made the assessment of the case while arguing against a demand by defense lawyers for copies of videotaped interviews that
child abuse investigators conducted last summer with Dugard and her
two daughters, who were fathered by Phillip Garrido.

Pierson says he did not want the tapes copied because no images of the daughters, ages 12 and 15, have yet surfaced publicly.

Judge Douglas Phimister ruled the defense could obtain copies of Dugard's interview but could only review the girls' interviews at the prosecutor's office.

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