By a Journal staff writer/With wire service reports
A pre-trial hearing has been set for Monday, April 8 in the case of the Garden Grove woman accused of cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it down a garbage disposal.
The hearing for Catherine Kieu will be held at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana at 9 a.m. She has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities say they believe Kieu spiked her 60-year-old husband’s tofu dinner on July 11, 2011. The victim recalled the food tasted ?metallic,’’ according to a search warrant affidavit filed by Garden Grove police.
After he went to lie down and fell asleep, Kieu tied his hands and feet to the bed with white nylon rope and cut off his penis with one swift motion as he woke, telling him “you deserve it,’’ the affidavit said.
Authorities said Kieu called police later that night to report a medical emergency. Officers found the victim with a blood-soaked towel covering his groin, and Kieu had blood spatter on her legs and shirt, the affidavit said.
She was arrested without incident and refused to talk to officers further, police said.
Kieu’s husband had filed for divorce in May after 16 months of marriage. Authorities said the couple still lived together but she was moving her things out of his Garden Grove condo.
On the evening of the attack, Kieu had argued with her husband about his having a male friend stay at the home, the affidavit said.
The victim, whose name was not released by police, was taken to University of California at Irvine Medical Center treated and released.