Opening statements were set for Tuesday in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana on multiple charges against Catherine Kieu, 50.
On July 11, 2011, after an argument, she allegedly drugged the victim – variously described as her husband or boyfriend – then tied him to the bed before cutting off his organ. After allegedly putting it into the garbage disposal and turning the appliance on, she called “911” and told responding officers that “he deserved it.”
Kieu faces one charge of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the use of a knife. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.