By Josh Verges and Chuck Baldwin
A jury of 13 women and two men this morning heard a gruesome outline
from the stateâ€™s case against Daphne Wright.
Minnehaha County Stateâ€™s Attorney Dave Nelson said Wright kidnapped
Darlene VanderGiesen on Feb. 1, cut up her body with a chainsaw on
Feb. 3, then hugged VanderGiesenâ€™s mother in consolation on Feb. 4.
VanderGiesen was friends with Wrightâ€™s girlfriend, Sallie Collins.
Police say Wright killed VanderGiesen out of jealousy.
When VanderGiesen was reported missing, Collins joined family and
friends at VanderGiesenâ€™s apartment and brought Wright along.
â€œWithin hours of disposing of VanderGiesenâ€™s remains the night
before, this defendant embraced Darleneâ€™s mother, hugged her, said
she was sorry that her daughter was missing and told Darleneâ€™s mother
that she would pray for her return.”
Nelson also revealed the contents of evidence found in a Dumpster.
In the Dumpster was â€œDarleneâ€™s legs. Cut off at the knees. Also
included in this load of trash was her pelvis, from the knee to the
Nelson wraps up quietly, noting that parts of VanderGiesenâ€™s body had
been burned, apparently in an effort to disfigure or disguise it.
He asks for a guilty verdict.
Family members and friends cry as they walk out for a break.
Minnehaha County Public Defender Traci Smith will make her opening
statements after the break.
The trial opened with a half-empty courtroom. The row reserved for
Wrightâ€™s family was unoccupied.
(( Source:Â Argus Leader ))