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Wednesday, September 15, 2004 · Last updated 6:31 p.m. PT

Accused Zeta-Jones stalker to stand trial

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Terminal" at the Academy Theatre in this June 9, 2004 file photo in Beverly Hills, Calif. A judge on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, ordered a woman accused of stalking actress Zeta-Jones to stand trial. Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg issued her ruling following a preliminary hearing for Dawnette Knight, 33, who was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills home. She has pleaded not guilty to a count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats. (AP Photo/Luis Martinez, File)

LOS ANGELES -- A judge on Wednesday ordered a woman accused of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones to stand trial.

Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg issued her ruling following a preliminary hearing for Dawnette Knight, 33, who was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills home. She has pleaded not guilty to a count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats.

The charges involve more than two dozen letters sent to actor Michael Douglas, the husband of Zeta-Jones. One letter said: "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs."

In another letter, Knight allegedly apologized, claiming she had been in love with Douglas.

The judge ordered Knight held on $1 million bail and to return to court Sept. 27 for arraignment.

Both Zeta-Jones, the star of "Chicago" and "Intolerable Cruelty," and Douglas testified during the hearing. "I've never in my life had anything or had anyone say anything to me so satanic," Zeta-Jones testified.

In a ruling last week, another judge found Knight mentally competent to stand trial. Her case had been halted July 30 pending a psychiatric evaluation after she suffered from an overdose of barbiturates.


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