Woman indicted in California severed penis case

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2012 7:39 PM
Woman indicted in California severed penis case

A grand jury has indicted a California woman accused of cutting off a man's penis after tying him to a bed.

Orange County district attorney's spokeswoman Farrah Emami says 48-year-old Catherine Kieu was indicted Thursday on a felony count of torture and a felony count of aggravated mayhem.

Kieu lived with the 60-year-old victim and is suspected of getting into an argument over a future houseguest's visit on July 11, 2011.

After the man went to sleep, authorities say she severed the organ and threw it into a garbage disposal.

With a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a knife, Kieu could face a life sentence without possibility of parole if convicted on all counts. She is due for arraignment Monday.