Phillip, Nancy Garrido Face New Charges in Jaycee Dugard Case

10/01/2010 at 08:05 PM EDT

Phillip, Nancy Garrido Face New Charges in Jaycee Dugard Case
Jaycee Dugard (before her abduction) and Phillip Garrido
Nick Ut/AP; El Dorado County Sheriffs Office/Reuters/AP
The couple accused of abducting and raping Jaycee Dugard 19 years ago have been indicted on 18 felony charges that include graphic, previously unreleased details about some of the horrible things allegedly done to Dugard.

El Dorado County, Calif. District Attorney Vern Pierson said during the brief hearing that the indictment was sought to eliminate the need for a preliminary hearing and therefore spare Dugard and her family from having to take the witness stand until the trial.

The Garridos, who were previously charged with 29 counts each, now face charges including kidnapping, forcible rape, lewd acts on a child and false imprisonment.

Among the allegations in the indictment are that the couple sodomized Dugard, who was abducted at age 11 from her South Lake Tahoe home, and videotaped some of the sexual assaults. Both defendants were charged with possession of child pornography.

The Garridos also each face eight special allegations, including kidnapping for sexual purposes and victimizing a stranger. Phillip Garrido, who allegedly held Dugard at his Antioch, Calif. home and fathered two children with her, faces five additional special allegations related to his prior record as a sex offender from a 1977 rape conviction.

Nancy Garrido's attorney entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf. Proceedings against Phillip Garrido were halted last month while his defense seeks a determination as to whether he's mentally competent to participate in his defense.

The indictment enabled the prosecution to circumvent a preliminary hearing and puts the case closer to trial. A pretrial hearing was set for Nov. 4.

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