The woman at the center of the 2006 murder trial that brought national attention to Orinda is back in court to appeal the ruling against her.
Susan Polk was charged with the 2002 murder of her estranged husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk, after their 15-year-old son found his father dead in their pool house. She was sentenced to 16 years to life at state prison.
During the murder trial, Susan Polk fired multiple lawyers and ended up defending herself, claiming she stabbed her husband in self-defense after he attacked her.
Polk has asked to represent herself in her appeal, but defendants are not allowed to do so in an appeal case. Polk and her lawyer are claiming that there were more than 10 trial court errors that went unnoticed, which affected the outcome of the original case.