Houston Chronicle

Jan. 24, 2003, 12:23AM

Slain man tied to bed, officials say

Murder charge has been filed against stabbing victim's wife

Houston Chronicle

A northwest Harris County man found partially buried in his back yard was tied to his bed when he was stabbed to death, investigators said, and his wife has been charged with murder.

Sheriff's detectives said some type of cord was found wrapped around the wrist and leg of Jeffrey Wright, 34, when his body was pulled from a shallow grave in back of his home in the 19800 block of Berry Tree on Wednesday.

Murder charges were filed Thursday against Susan Wright, 27. Detectives said her husband likely died Jan. 13 after being stabbed and cut almost 200 times.

"It happened in the bedroom," Sgt. T.E. Kiser said. "He was tied to the bed and then his body was taken out to the patio."

Detectives couldn't confirm whether drugs were found in the victim's system because toxicology test results were still pending.

Although Susan Wright's lawyer, Neal Davis, said she admitted killing her husband in self-defense, detectives haven't been able to question her.

"He (Davis ) is telling us he has her checked into some psychiatric hospital somewhere," Kiser said. "We asked if he could have her brought up to talk, and he declined."

Detectives said Wright filed a family violence report against her husband Jan. 15 -- two days after they believe he was killed.

"Susan Wright is wanted for the murder of her husband and is not in custody," Kiser said. "We have no idea where she's at."

Wright will surrender to authorities this morning, Davis said late Thursday. "I'm going to take her there myself," he said.

Davis declined to comment about the details of the case, saying it was "too early."

"We're still doing our own investigation," he said.

Davis said Wright has been undergoing psychiatric care at an undisclosed facility and that he always intended to keep her there until an arrest warrant was issued.

"She's been in a terrible mental state," he said. "She's just way too fragile psychologically to talk to (the detectives) and undergo hours of interrogation."

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