Accused Zeta-Jones Stalker to Stand Trial

Accused Zeta-Jones Stalker to Stand Trial
Catherine Zeta-Jones
QUEEN INTERNATIONAL/Retna

updated 09/16/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/2004 08:00AM

Dawnette Knight has been ordered to stand trial of on charges of stalking and making death threats against Catherine Zeta-Jones.

After a lengthy preliminary hearing that was interrupted for a month to determine whether Knight was mentally competent to stand trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg ruled Wednesday that sufficient evidence existed for Knight, 33, to face the charges against her.

No trial date has been set. Knight, who was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills home, has pleaded not guilty to a count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats. She is being held on $1 million bail and was ordered to return to court Sept. 27 for arraignment, the Associated Press reports.

In July, Zeta-Jones, 34, and her husband, Michael Douglas, 59, testified that they were terrified by Knight's messages, which reportedly spanned an 18-month timeframe. One allegedly said that Zeta-Jones's head would be blown apart like President Kennedy's.

Knight reputedly accused Zeta-Jones of being a gold-digger. Knight's lawyer has described Knight as having a "girlish crush" on Douglas and said that she posed no danger to anyone. She has since apologized for her actions.

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