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Posted on Mon, Aug. 16, 2004

Accuser Stalker Said Competent for Trial

Associated Press

A woman accused of stalking and threatening Catherine Zeta-Jones is mentally fit to stand trial, a court-appointed psychiatrist said Monday.

Dr. Kal Sharma examined Dawnette Knight, 33, in jail, where she is being held on $1 million bail.

Sharma's written report is pending. Superior Court Judge John Riley Jr. halted criminal proceedings July 30 and ordered a mental evaluation of Knight after she overdosed on barbiturates while in county jail. Riley took no action Monday, but scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 8. The preliminary hearing is scheduled to resume Sept. 9.

Knight was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills apartment. She is charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats. If convicted, she could face up to 19 years in state prison.

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