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Posted on Thu, Oct. 14, 2004

Bail Stands at $1M in Zeta-Jones Stalking

Associated Press

A judge on Wednesday refused to reduce the $1 million bail for a woman accused of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Superior Court Judge David Mintz cited Dawnette Knight's "threatening conduct" and the severity of her charges in declining a defense request to lower her bail or release her.

Mintz also set a Nov. 15 trial date, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

A call to Knight's lawyer, Richard Herman, was not immediately returned.

Knight, 33, is charged with one count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats for allegedly sending threatening and violent letters to actor Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones' husband. One letter said: "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs."

Knight, who was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills home, allegedly apologized in another letter, claiming she had been in love with Douglas. Another judge ruled last month that Knight was mentally fit to stand trial.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Oct. 27, Robison said.

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