[UPDATED with Arraignment Continued to Sept.:] Catherine Kieu Becker Cut Off Hubby's Pecker and Tossed It in Garbage Disposal (Allegedly)
The 48-year-old Garden Grove resident's public defender, Frank Bittar, asked Carrillo to bar the media from covering the proceedings, something the judge denied. Bittar later told reporters outside the courtroom that, "There is more than meets the eye."
Or a certain other body part, presumably.
UPDATED, JULY 22, 7:03 A.M.: 48-year-old Catherine Kieu Becker is due back in court in Westminster at 9 a.m. this morning to continue her arraignment on charges of slicing off her husband's pecker.
However, the Orange County District Attorney's office heads up that the defense will likely request a continuance.
The Garden Grove resident, who is currently being held without bail and has undergone mental examinations, could get life in state prison with the possibility of parole if convicted of the charges pending against her.
UPDATED, JULY 13, 3:31 P.M.: This afternoon's arraignment of Catherine Kieu Becker was delayed until July 22.
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) today charged the 48-year-old, Vietnamese-born Garden Grove resident with one felony count of torture, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife.
If convicted on all counts, she could spend life in state prison with the possibility of parole.
Following today's hearing in Westminster, where she reportedly sat with her face covered in her long black hair, Becker returned to Orange County Jail, where she is being held without bail. The Orange County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail, says she is being kept in the medical ward for observation.
Meanwhile, in the OCDA's account of her alleged crimes, her unidentified husband's age was listed as 60. The Garden Grove Police Department had previously said he is 51. Here is the OCDA's brief account:
On the night of July 11, 2011, Kieu is accused of engaging John Doe in an argument over friends staying at the residence. The defendant is accused of serving John Doe dinner. After feeling tired, at approximately 9:00 p.m., John Doe went to bed. As he slept in his bed, Kieu is accused of tying the victim's legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes. As he awoke, she is accused of pulling down John Doe's pants, grabbing the victim's penis and severing it with a knife. Kieu is accused of then taking the penis to the kitchen, throwing it into the garbage disposal, turning it on, and mutilating the organ. Kieu is accused of contacting 911.
Meanwhile, we couldn't help but snicker when we saw this tweet:
And, if the current charges stick, she's looking at the possibility of life in prison.
Meanwhile, the nation's media are comparing the Vietnamese-American to another infamous penis chopper.
Here are the latest details that have emerged since our last report:
- Reached by the media at the hospital, Becker's husband declined to identify himself, would not discuss the incident and called the attack a "private matter." (All you snickering, "More like privates matter," stop right now!)
- His condition was upgraded to good, and doctors expect he will survive. It has not been disclosed whether what was left of his penis could be re-attached.
- Speaking of that, a first responder had to retrieve the ground-up penis out of the couple's garbage disposal and rush it to UCI.
- The weapon his wife allegedly used was a 10-inch kitchen knife.
- There were no witnesses.
- The couple resides in the Flower Tree condominium complex at 14171 Flower St., Garden Grove, where neighbors are expressing shock.
- They married on Dec. 29, 2009, and the husband filed for divorce just last May.
- The 9-1-1 tape is expected to be released soon.
|Sisters in crime? Lorena Bobbitt (left) and Catherine Kieu Becker.|
Consider the following:
- Although details of the incident remain sparse, the alleged crime will undoubtedly have people heading to Wikipedia for a refresher on Lorena Bobbitt, who infamously severed her husband's penis in 1993. (Slate)
- U.S. Woman Bobbitises Husband (Times of India)
- On June 23, 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt was laying asleep when wife Loreana got out of bed, and went to the kitchen for a drink of water. She then grabbed a carving knife in the kitchen, returned to the bed, and cut off half of Bobbitt's manhood. Loreana then hit the road in her vehicle and tossed the severed male body part out of the window. (LaLate)
- Catherine Kieu Becker is the New Lorena Bobbitt: Cut's Off Husband's Penis
- TMZ ran the photos above of Ms. Bobbitt and Ms. Becker with this headline: "Penis Cutters: Who'd You Rather?" (TMZ)
Meanwhile, HyperVocal compared the Garden Grove crime to another pop culture figure with this headline:
"Wife Makes Good on 'We Cut Off Your Johnson, Lebowski'"