Alleged Zeta-Jones Stalker Fit for Trial
Sharma examined Knight in Los Angeles County Jail, where she is being held on $1 million bail, the Associated Press reports. Superior Court Judge John Riley Jr. ordered the mental evaluation after Knight overdosed on barbiturates while in jail.
Following Sharma's findings, the jurist on Monday scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 8 and the preliminary hearing – which had been interrupted by Knight's overdose – to resume Sept. 9.
Knight, 33, 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.
More than two dozen letters that were sent to Douglas, and in a preliminary hearing last month, Zeta-Jones read one letter aloud aimed at her that said: "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 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.