HOUSTON - A Harris County woman convicted of stabbing her husband to death nearly 20 years ago, was released from prison Wednesday morning. Susan Wright, 44, is now out on parole.
Susan Wright’s case drew national attention for the theatrics that prosecutors played out in the courtroom, as they dramatically reenacted how she stabbed her husband, Jeff Wright, 193 times on the couple's blood-stained mattress.
Prosecutors say a then 26-year-old Wright proceeded to drag his body outside and bury him in their backyard.
But her attorneys claimed the violent attack was done in self-defense after suffering years of abuse.
The 2003 murder was one of the most notorious cases in Harris County’s history.
"Some people see her as the victim, other people see her as the embodiment of evil and there are very few people in the middle. There are others who think she should’ve gotten the death penalty," Wice said.
Attorney Brian Wice represented Wright pro-bono during the lengthy appeals process.
Wright was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, but after an appeal was granted, it was shortened to 20 years.
As of Wednesday, Wright had served more than 16 years before she was released on parole.
Wice said he expected more of a reaction from the community.
"It’s almost like I expected more of an outcry, more of an uproar. If there’s one teaching moment from the Susan Wright saga, it’s the concept, the notion, the self-evident truth that domestic violence exists on multiple levels in every zip code, in every neighborhood, in every income range. And I think that’s something that we can take away from this case," Wice said.
Susan Wright will now remain under supervision for the next four years monitored by a GPS.
As part of her parole conditions, the 44-year-old will have to undergo anger management, counseling and find gainful employment.
She also won’t be allowed to leave the state of Texas.