December 14, 2010 By Paul Wallin

The ‘Blue-Eyed Butcher’ is sentenced to 20 years in jail for the stabbing murder of her husband – P.C. 187

A Houston mother known as the “blue-eyed butcher” was resentenced on Tuesday to serve 20 years in prison for stabbing her husband close to 200 times before burying his body in the backyard.

Susan Wright was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2004 for the stabbing death of her 34-year-old husband, Jeffrey Wright. Claiming abuse at the hands of her husband, Susan contended that she stabbed Jeffrey in self-defense. Prosecutors alleged, however, that she tied her husband’s limbs to the bed in an act of seduction and then began to stab him repeatedly. The jury returned a guilty verdict and the judge sentenced her to 25 years in prison.

Murder Charge in Appeals Court

An appeals court upheld the guilty verdict, but overturned the sentence, citing inexperience on the part of Wright’s defense attorney. A new jury was ordered to hear testimony and decide anew Wright’s sentence.

During more than two weeks of dramatic testimony from expert witnesses, family members, Jeffrey Wright’s ex-girlfriends, and neighbors of the Wrights, the central purpose of the hearing was to determine whether Mr. Wright was a violent, abusive husband or if Susan’s act was simply cold-blooded murder.

The five women and seven men of the jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over the course of two days before handing down their verdict. Wright would be eligible for parole in 2014.

Murder Under California Penal Code 187 PC

Under California Penal Code 187, murder is defined as causing the death of another person, or fetus, with malice aforethought. This “malice aforethought” requirement means that the culprit either intended the killing or acted with conscious disregard for the safety of human life. First-degree murder is the most serious form of murder in California. It can be charged if the killing was committed by lying in wait, while inflicting torture, or if it was committed in a manner that was willful, deliberate, and premeditated. If convicted, penalties may include a sentence of 25-years-to-life in state prison. However, it is also possible to incur the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole based on the circumstances of the case.

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AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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