Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, of Garden Grove, pleaded not guilty today to poisoning her estranged husband, tying the 60-year-old up to his bed, slicing off his penis as he awoke, dropping his member in the garbage disposal and flipping the switch to "on." Specifically, at her continued arraignment, she denied the charges of felony torture, aggravated mayhem and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife.
If convicted on all counts, Ms. Becker could get life in state prison with the possibility of parole.
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Orange County Superior Court Judge Debra Carrillo in Westminster scheduled a Nov. 4 pretrial hearing and Jan. 12, 2012, preliminary hearing for Ms. Becker, who has been ordered to stay away from her ex-. Not that she can given she remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Here's our earlier coverage of the July 12 slice-off: