New punishment for Susan Wright?

February 26, 2009 9:31:51 AM PST
Convicted of killing her husband by stabbing him nearly 200 times, Susan Wright may be getting a new punishment trial. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Wright has served about four years of a 25-year sentence for the murder of her husband, Jeff Wright. But Wright's new lawyer argued that her previous attorney did not do an adequate job.

This has nothing to do with Wright's guilt or innocence. Judge Jim Wallace recommended today that she be granted a new punishment trial, but he was quick to say he believes Wright is taking a big risk because another jury could give her more time behind bars.

Wright's attorneys had asked for a new sentencing hearing out of concern for not being able to bring in expert witnesses to testify about spousal abuse and battered wife syndrome. They believe it would have influenced the jurors during punishment, perhaps working in her favor.

"She just wants a fair shake, whether for better or worse," said Brian Wice, Wright's attorney. "I have a phone call later today at 2pm and I'm going to let her know this is just another step in the journey of 1,000 miles and all I can do is just hope and pray that what Judge Wallace decided today is what the court of criminal appeals decides is a fair and just result as well."

If the court of criminal appeals upholds the judge's decision, there will be a brand new sentencing hearing.

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