Woman Accused Of Cutting Off Husband's Penis In Court
Santa Ana, California (CNN) - The trial of a California woman accused of cutting off her husband's penis is underway.
Catherine Kieu has pleaded not guilty to charges of torture and aggravated mayhem.
Prosecutors say the 50-year-old tied her husband to his bed and cut off his penis with a kitchen knife in july 2011.
They say she then threw it in the garbage disposal and turned it on making it impossible for doctors to re-attach.
Kieu's defense attorney says the husband had forced kieu to have sex with him.
"She severed his penis because she wanted him to stop hurting her with his penis."
Police say the couple was in the process of divorcing at the time of the incident.
If convicted kieu could face life in prison without parole.