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Witnesses link accused Zeta-Jones stalker to calls
Fri 10 September, 2004 02:18



LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police investigating the woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones found links to a telephone calling card used to make death threats against the Oscar-winning actress, a detective has testified.

The death threats were telephoned to the Amsterdam hotel where Zeta-Jones was staying while filming "Ocean's 12," and prompted her security staff to obtain a bulletproof shield that could be used to protect her in case of attack, Los Angeles Sheriff's Detective Dana Duncan told the court on Thursday.

The testimony came as a preliminary hearing resumed for 33-year-old Dawnette Knight, who is accused of threatening Zeta-Jones out of an obsession with the "Chicago" star's husband, actor Michael Douglas.

The hearing, which will determine if Knight must stand trial, was put on hold for more than a month after her attorney sought an evaluation of her mental state. Knight was declared mentally competent on Wednesday.

Duncan participated in a search of Knight's apartment and said he found calling card account numbers there. Prosecutors expect to prove those calling cards were used to make the telephoned threats.

The detective said he also found in Knight's apartment a copy of "My Stroke of Luck," the autobiography of actor Kirk Douglas, father of Michael Douglas. The book had been autographed by Michael Douglas and Zeta-Jones.

Zeta-Jones testified during the hearing in July, recounting her terror at the hands of a stalker who threatened to "slice her up like meat on a bone" in a crime that would make "entertainment history."

The Welsh-born actress said she was "shocked at the violent, horrific, satanic desire that someone would want to do that to me. A total stranger."

Knight is charged with 25 counts of stalking Zeta-Jones with threatening phone calls and letters between January 2003 and May 2004.

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