Jul 22, 2011 4:14 PM by Matt Stafford

Arraignment delayed in Calif. severed penis case

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - Arraignment has been postponed for a California woman accused of cutting off her estranged husband's penis and running it through the garbage disposal.

An Orange County Superior Court judge rescheduled Friday's arraignment of 48-year-old Catherine Kieu to Sept. 23 and set bail at $1 million.

Kieu is charged with torture and aggravated mayhem.

If convicted of all counts, Kieu could face life in prison without parole.

Authorities say Kieu spiked her 60-year-old husband's meal July 11, then tied him to the bed and attacked him with a kitchen knife.

Kieu's husband had filed for divorce in May after 16 months of marriage.

Kieu's attorney, Frank Bittar, declined to comment on the allegations except to say there's a lot more to the case than meets the eye.


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