Court Throws Out Sentence For Woman Who Stabbed Husband 193 Times

Texas' highest criminal court has thrown out the 25-year prison sentence a Houston jury gave a woman convicted of murder for stabbing her tied-up husband 193 times.

Susan Wright was convicted in March 2004 of killing her 34-year-old husband, Jeffrey Wright. His body was found buried in the yard behind their Harris County home.

Wright, a former topless dancer, contended she acted in self-defense after years of abuse.

In a ruling Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals says her lawyers were deficient during the punishment phase of the trial.

An attorney for Wright did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.


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  • by Jesse Location: MD on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    Any man that beats a woman should receive what ever prevails
  • by Michael Location: Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2010 at 02:57 PM
    I think she should be put to death for the premeditated torture murder of her husband. It is one of the most horrific murders I've heard of to date. If she does not get the death penalty for this horrendous murder, then what merits the death penalty? A torture murder is probably one of the worst ways to die. I thought this case would be a slam dunk---either resulting in the death penalty or life in prison...and was completely shocked when I found out she only got 25 years. Hopefully she will get the punishment she deserves to get in the re-trial. I can only hope the courts do justice in this case...for the sake of Jeff's family...and for the sake of husbands across America.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 2, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    You have to keep in mind that most judges are lawyers who cannot make a living "practicing" law. Guess what, another pay day for a lawyer who is going to support her case!
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Nov 1, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    You have to be kidding? Stabbed 193 times and buried in the yard. Years of abuse but did not seek help to get away from the abuser. She should get the death penalty no doubt.
  • by Annaleise Location: ENC on Nov 1, 2009 at 02:51 AM
    I followed this trial and came to the conclusion this woman is a cold-blooded killer. She never indicated abuse prior to his murder, she only revealed that after the fact. She claimed he wanted her to dress in seductive clothing. That does not give one the right to brutally murder someone in the manner that she did, she even inflicted knife wounds on his penis. This woman is a psychopath and really and truly needs the death penalty. However, since she is what is deemed by American standards as "good-looking", she is literally getting away with murder. I agree with "Anonymous": gender bias is the determining factor in this case. Most Americans would have a difficult time putting a blue-eyed blonde to death. As the mother of two sons, I would have no problem pulling the switch on the electric chair!
  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 31, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    electric knife?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Look people dont blame the Lawyer THE JUDGE SET HER FREE.UNDER THE TABLE MONEY!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    Had this been a man who endured "abuse" for many years & violently killed his wife, the penalty would have been severe & not contested. Another example of gender bias in our judicial system.
  • by David Location: eastern NC on Oct 31, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    "In a ruling Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals says her lawyers were deficient during the punishment phase of the trial." She is lucky she got 25 years,now she may get 50.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 31, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    This lady must have really been P.OFF..
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