SAN FRANCISCO – The attorney for the woman charged along with her husband with holding Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years said Saturday that jailhouse letters sent from his client to a friend won't hurt her defense.
Nancy Garrido frequently mentions God and her husband, Phillip Garrido, in the letters, saying the couple are "two peas in a pod."
"We have a great future in God's Kingdom, Phil and I don't have one in this world, but Kathryn, we Phil and I keep our eyes fixed in God's Kingdom, there is where our future will be together," she wrote.
CBS-13 in Sacramento obtained the letters and broadcast excerpts of them on Friday. They were sent to a woman Nancy Garrido befriended while being held in the El Dorado County Jail. She is identified by the news station only as Kathryn.
Attorney Stephen Tapson confirmed with The Associated Press on Saturday the authenticity of his client's letters.
The Garridos are charged with kidnapping Dugard in 1991 and keeping her and her two daughters hidden in a backyard compound until last year.
Nancy Garrido has pleaded not guilty. Her husband's arraignment has been postponed pending completion of court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.
In the letters, Nancy Garrido tells her friend, "You'll love Phillip as well, because we're two peas in a pod."
Tapson said the passage written by his client "insinuates she's a God-fearing person," and it will not hurt her defense in the case.
"My interpretation is that it's new indicating new characteristics that she found Jesus," he said.
Tapson also noted that all correspondence written by jail inmates are copied by authorities.
"There's no secrets on letters coming out of the jail," he said.