The second-degree murder conviction of Susan Polk has been upheld by a state appeals court. The 2007 conviction carried a prison sentence of 16 years to life.
Polk was convicted in the 2002 stabbing death of her estranged husband, Felix Polk, on their property in Orinda.
The appeals panel rejected all appeal arguments made by Polk and her attorney, Victor Morse.
The original 2005 murder case made national headlines when Pamela Vitale, the wife of Polk’s defense lawyer Daniel Horowitz, was murdered in Lafayette. In the 2006 retrial, the case made national news again whenÂ Susan Polk chose to be her own lawyer.