Susan Wright, the woman who killed her husband and whose trial featured a prosecutor tying another to a bed and pretending to stab him 200 times, may get a new sentence.
Wright stabbed her husband for real and then tried to hide his body; her attorney argued that she had suffered years of physical and mental abuse from him and acted out of "sudden passion" when he again threatened her.
District Judge Jim Wallace, who heard the original case, said this morning he will recommend to the Court of Criminal Appeals that a new punishment hearing be held.
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"I'm obviously ecstatic," Wright's attorney, Brian Wice, told Hair Balls. "I've put more time and energy on this case pro bono than anything else I've ever done."
The Court of Criminal Appeals does not have to agree to Wallace's recommendation, but the fact that he was the original judge should carry some weight, Wice says. He's looking for probation, or "something in the two to 20 years" range of manslaughter, rather than the 25 she got for her murder conviction.
"I think Pat Lykos's office needs to step up, considering she campaigned against what Kelly Siegler stands for, which is win at all costs, and decide they're not going to oppose" the recommendation.
Siegler, the flamboyant prosecutor who lost to Lykos in the GOP primary, was the stabber in the infamous courtroom re-enactment of the incident.