A psychiatrist was appointed by a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to determine by Sept. 15 whether the woman accused of stalking and threatening Catherine Zeta-Jones is competent enough to stand trial.
Superior Court Judge John Riley Jr. said Dr. Kal Sharma is to examine Dawnette Knight in jail, where she is being held on $1 million bail, reports the Associated Press.
Knight, 32, has been described as an aspiring psychologist who was infatuated with Zeta-Jones’s husband, Michael Douglas. She was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills apartment and 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.
According to one of the more than two dozen letters that were mainly sent to Douglas and read by Zeta-Jones in a preliminary hearing last month: “We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs.”
Knight subsequently apologized in another letter to Douglas. Her attorney, Richard Herman, said his client – whom he said may have tried to overdose on sleeping pills during last month’s hearing – was never a threat and never should have been arrested. Instead, he said, authorities should have simply profiled and taken note of her.
He additionally accused Zeta-Jones of waging a media campaign against Knight.
Herman also acknowledged that Knight had at least two previous arrests. Although he did not have details, Herman said she was arrested for allegedly filing a false report after she recanted a claim that an ex-boyfriend abused her.