"A 41-year-old Austrian woman went on trial in Innsbruck Wednesday accused of stalking 'CSI: Miami' star David Caruso and allegedly threatening to kill him.
Prosecutors allege the woman sent more than 100 letters to Caruso and pursued the American actor for an autograph. After the star refused to provided her one, she wrote letters threatening to kill him and his co-stars.
Authorities have identified the defendant only as a 41-year-old native of Innsbruck, Tyrol. She was arrested after a joint investigation by the FBI and Austria's Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Since then, the defendent disappeared, and not even her family knows where she is. A court hearing was set for last Thursday, but she failed to appear as required. Her defence lawyer, Günther Gast, said that the case will be conducted without the defendant being physically present. He said, "My client has also be away from work, unexcused. Her relatives fear the worst."
It is possible that the accused has flown to Miami, where much of the series is filmed as it is known that she has visited Miami in the past. That would be the worst that she could possible do, her lawyer said, as she would probably be arrested by the police there and be required to pay a significantly higher penalty.
It is unclear why the woman, whom her attorney has yet to meet, would become a stalker and write someone death threats. She has a family and was successful with her work. A psychiatrist for the court says that she is probably suffering from a personality disorder and it should be investigated as it is possible that she could become dangerous.
Caruso, 52, is the star of the American TV series and plays Miami police Lt. Horatio Caine."