HOUSTON – Susan Wright, who captured headlines around the globe in 2004 when the housewife and mom went on trial for murder, was released from prison Wednesday morning.
Wright was convicted in 2004 of stabbing her husband, Jeff, 193 times and burying him behind the carport of their northwest Harris County home in January 2003.
According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Wright was officially released from custody at 9:30 a.m. A supervisor at the Gatesville, Texas prison confirmed to KPRC 2 that Wright had left the facility.
She arrived at a home in Harris County early Wednesday afternoon and had little to say to the media that was outside the home.
“Please don’t do this to my family,” Wright said while getting out of a silver SUV. “Please stop. Have a heart, please.”
“I would just like privacy,” she added. “Please respect that. I’m sure that y’all can understand, but don’t do this to my family. Even if you do it to me, don’t do it to them, please.”
The TDCJ spokesman said terms of Wright’s parole include anger control training, counseling and obtaining gainful employment. She is also prohibited from leaving the state.
Wright’s lawyers argued the mother of two was abused at the hands of Jeff Wright and so were their two young children.
Then-Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler pulled the blood-stained bed into the courtroom and reenacted the stabbing while straddling her co-council.
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A Harris County jury convicted Susan Wright of murder and sentenced her to 25 years in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 20 years after an appeal.
KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice represented Wright pro-bono during the appeals process.
Wright’s case was turned into a television movie in 2012. It aired on the Lifetime network.
Wice had a role in the movie and said not everything in the movie, which was billed as being based on a true story, is entirely accurate.
You can watch some of our original reporting about the Wright case in the videos below.