Catherine Kieu sits next to her attorney, deputy public defender, Frank Bittar, before opening statements Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif. / AP PHOTO/THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
(CBS/AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - A Southern California jury has convicted
Catherine Kieu, the woman accused of drugging her estranged husband,
severing his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal.
Jurors found Kieu guilty Monday of charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011 attack.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 28.
trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be
reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered.
District Attorney John Christl told jurors that Kieu, 50, drugged the
man's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before
attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
Kieu was jealous and
angry about her husband's plans to divorce her because he was seeing his
ex-girlfriend, the prosecution said.
Audio of the incident was captured by a voice-activated recorder Kieu had hidden in the bedroom, Christl said.
man, who is not being named by the Associated Press because of the
nature of the attack, married Kieu after they met at a gym but soon
subjected Kieu to verbal and sexual abuse, Kieu's public defender, Frank
Bittar, said during trial.
Kieu had mental health problems
caused by a childhood full of molestation and other trauma in war-torn
Vietnam and her husband also constantly demanded sex in ways that caused
her pain, Bittar said.