Search the Web and ABCNEWS.com  
Good Morning AmericaWorld News Tonight20/20PrimetimeWorld News Now
  October 8, 2004
HOMEPAGE
NEWS SUMMARY
US
INTERNATIONAL
MONEYScope
WEATHER
LOCAL NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT
ESPN SPORTS
SCI/TECH
POLITICS
HEALTH
TRAVEL
VIDEO & AUDIO
 
Good Morning America at ABCNEWS.com

 
 
FEATURED SERVICES
INSURANCE
SHOPPING
WIRELESS
E-MAIL CENTER
BOARDS
FREE HEADLINE FEED
 




(AP Photo)
Accused Zeta-Jones Stalker Pleads Innocent
Accused Stalker of Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones Pleads Not Guilty

The Associated Press


LOS ANGELES Sept. 29, 2004 — A woman accused of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones pleaded not guilty Wednesday, two weeks after a judge ruled she was competent to stand trial.

Dawnette Knight, 33, entered the pleas at an arraignment on one count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats. If convicted, she could face up to 19 years in prison.

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

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

Defense attorney Richard Herman said at a press conference that Knight is not a threat and faces criminal charges only because the case involves celebrities.

"I'm afraid that we've gone much too far in something that's just greatly overblown," he said. "It is my hope that justice will be done, and I'm confident that justice will be done."

Deputy District Attorney Debra Archuleta declined to comment on the case.

Knight remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail. Superior Court Judge David Mintz scheduled the trial to begin Nov. 10.


photo credit and caption:
Dawnette Knight, charged with making criminal threats against actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004. Knight, charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats, has pleaded innocent to the charges. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
 Search the Web and ABCNEWS.com  

Print This Story
Email This Story
See Most Sent

Iraq Link Focuses School Worry on 6 States
Working Wounded: Unhappy Workers
A Healthy Youth Pays Off Later
 
 
 

 
Copyright 2004 ABCNEWS Internet Ventures.

Add ABCNEWS Headlines to Your Site

News Summary |  US |  International |  MONEYScope  |  Entertainment  |  ESPN Sports |  Sci/Tech |  Politics |  Health |  Travel |  Video & Audio
Good Morning America  |  World News Tonight  |  20/20 |  Primetime |  Nightline |  World News Now |  This Week

Click here for:  Sitemap   Help   Advertiser Info   Contact ABC   Tools   PR   Terms of Use   Updated Privacy Policy

Family of sites:      ABC.com        ABC Family        ESPN.com        Disney.com        FamilyFun.com        GO Mail        Movies.com