Bertha Mae Wilson of Gulfport appeals life sentence in stabbing death of her boyfriend

Bertha Mae Wilson (MDOC photo)
Bertha Mae Wilson (MDOC photo)
Bertha Mae Wilson (MDOC photo)

GULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — The state Court of Appeals will consider an appeal from a Gulfport woman sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for stabbing her boyfriend to death.

The appeal from Bertha Mae Wilson is among dozens the Appeals Court will consider during its January-February term. The court will not hear oral arguments.

Wilson was convicted in Harrison County of murder in the Aug. 14, 2011, death of 36-year-old Marcus Spencer of Meridian.

Authorities say Spencer was naked and lying on his back in Wilson’s bedroom when she stabbed him in the neck, kicked him and stomped on his face.

Wilson testified that Spencer had pushed her during an argument.

But a forensic pathologist testified that Spencer didn’t have any defensive wounds, suggesting it was a surprise attack.