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Psychiatrist to quiz Zeta 'stalker'
Dawnette Knight was found slumped in her cell after taking unprescribed sleeping pills
Psychiatrist to quiz Zeta 'stalker'
9.37AM, Wed Aug 11 2004

The woman accused of making death threats against actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is to be quizzed by a psychiatrist to see if she is fit to stand trial.

Dawnette Knight, 32, took a sleeping pill overdose in prison after heavy questioning by the Hollywood actress's lawyers.

The incident followed a chilling day of testimony in which the court heard Knight had written to the Oscar winning actress and threatened to "slice her up like meat on a bone".

The pills had not been prescribed to her and, when prison officers were unable to wake her, she was taken to hospital.

The trial has since been suspended to allow Knight to recover.

At first it was claimed the overdose was accidental but Knight's lawyer has accused Zeta-Jones of pushing his client to the brink of suicide.

Knight is charged with 25 counts of stalking and making criminal threats against 34-year-old Zeta-Jones.

If tried and convicted, she could face a sentence ranging from probation to 19 years in prison.

Jul 29: Zeta-Jones faced 'satanic' death threats
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