Garrido's attorney claims serious mental illness

February 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An attorney for the man charged with kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard says his client has a serious mental illness.

Attorney Susan Gellman says Phillip Garrido has been hearing the voices of angels for years.

She made the statements in a court filing late Wednesday.

In advance of a hearing on whether Garrido can have contact with his wife.

One legal expert says it appears she may be preparing a mental health defense.