Seated in a wheelchair and breathing with the help of an oxygen tank, 59-year-old Ruby Wright pleaded not guilty this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court to murdering her husband of 41 years in their Santa Rosa home on April 10.Police went to the couple’s home in the 2100 block of Waltzer Road in northwest Santa Rosa after Ruby Wright called and said she and her husband, Conrad Daniel Wright, had been involved in a fight. She said he was dead and that she had taken an overdose of pills.Police found both Wrights covered in blood. Conrad Wright was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds and Ruby Wright was hospitalized for several days.Wright’s attorney Kevin McConnell said the stabbing happened after “decades of verbal, financial, emotional and physical abuse” and that his client was defending herself.Judge Elliot Daum today set Wright’s bail at $100,000. She had previously been held under no bail.Objecting to setting a monetary bail amount, Deputy District Attorney Traci Carrillo told Daum the 911 tapes of Ruby Wright’s call indicated the stabbing was in retaliation, not self-defense. She said “there is an indication” that Ruby Wright was in a mental health institution in the past and was on psychotic medication. Carrillo said Conrad Wright was disabled and used a walker, and had tried to get away from his wife. She said Ruby Wright is a danger to the public Carrillo said the county probation department recommended that Wright remain in jail without bail. She said Daum’s setting of bail at $100,000 was “pretty unusual.”McConnell argued that Ruby Wright is in extremely poor health, depends on oxygen to breathe and is in danger of dying in her sleep if she stops breathing. He told Daum she has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years, five of them in Santa Rosa, owns her home and has no prior record. He said she poses no danger to the public because of her age and ill health.Ruby Wright’s brother, who was in court this morning, will care for her if she posts bail, McConnell said. He said his client is not taking any psychotic medication and is lucid.Daum assigned the murder case to another courtroom and Wright will appear there Thursday for setting of a preliminary hearing date.
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