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Therapist's Wife, Susan Polk, Files Appeal In Murder Conviction

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Susan Polk

CHOWCHILLA, Calif.(AP) A California woman who made headlines for bizarre behavior while defending herself during a 2006 murder trail for the slaying of her husband has filed an appeal of her conviction from prison.

Susan Polk, the 51-year-old convicted of killing her therapist husband, Felix Polk, claims in the appeal filed Thursday that there were nearly a dozen trial court errors; including allowing the prosecutor to refer to her husband's death as a homicide during the case.

The Polks were married for 20 years before the fatal stabbing on Oct. 14, 2002. One of the couple's three boys, Gabriel, found his father's bloody body in the family's pool house and called police.

Polk claimed she stabbed her husband in self defense after years of abuse. Two of her three sons testified against her, leading to Polk's cross-examination of her own sons.

Polk is serving a sentence of 16 years to life in a state prison for women in Chowchilla.

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