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* Sonoma Ruby Wright, 59, Scheduled To Appear In Court On A Murder Charge Of Husband Conrad Wright, Was Found Dead

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A Santa Rosa woman who was scheduled to appear in court Thursday to face charges she murdered her husband in April was found dead in her home this morning, her attorney said this afternoon.Kevin McConnell said Ruby Wright, 59, was found in her Waltzer Road home in northwest Santa Rosa.”I’m certain she is dead,” McConnell said. McConnell said one of Wright’s relatives who was living with her informed him of his client’s death. McConnell said he told the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. Chief Deputy District Attorney Spencer Brady said he had no information this afternoon that Wright was dead.Wright was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to determine if there is enough evidence to try her for the stabbing murder of her 68-year-old husband, Conrad Wright, on April 10 in their Waltzer Road home. The couple was married for 41 years.Santa Rosa police Sgt. Lisa Banayat confirmed that police found a woman’s body at the Wright residence around 9 a.m. The Sonoma County coroner’s office has not yet confirmed the woman’s identity. Police went to the house April 10 after Wright called and said she and her husband were involved in a fight over a knife, that he was dead and she had taken an overdose of pills.Police found both Wrights covered in blood. Ruby Wright spent several days in the hospital and was arrested for murder.She was being held under no bail in the Sonoma County jail until Judge Elliot Daum set her bail at $100,000 on April 22.McConnell told Daum that Wright was not a danger to herself or the community and that she was the victim of “decades of verbal, financial, emotional and physical abuse” and was defending herself on April 10.Deputy District Attorney Traci Carrillo objected to lowering Wright’s bail. She said “there is an indication” that Ruby Wright had been in a mental health institution in the past and had taken anti-psychotic medication. She said Wright was a danger to the public.Wright suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and used an oxygen tank to breathe and a walker, McConnell said.”I think Ruby was as much a victim as anyone in this case,” McConnell said this afternoon. “In her life she suffered abuse and pain beyond our ability to comprehend. She truly was a victim here.”I regret I won’t have the chance to try this case and to get to the truth and the circumstances of her death and that of her husband,” McConnell said.”I hope she has found some peace and comfort,” he said.

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