Forensic chemist describes blood evidence as Wright trial resumes

Daphne Wright’s murder trial resumed this morning, with a forensic
chemist describing blood and other evidence found during a search of
her basement.

The chemist, Jessica Lichty, was the first witness called to the
stand this morning.

She was part of the search of Wright’s home on South Phillips Avenue.

“Ever seen blood at a crime scene before?” asked Keith Allenstein,
one of the prosecutors.

“Yes. … It appeared to be blood.”

Initially there were three areas of blood; later there were more.
Spots were marked and photographed.

Prosecutors have said Wright tried to burn Darlene VanderGiesen’s
body and cut it up with a chainsaw in the basement of the home.

They’ve outlined a gruesome portrait of Wright as a cold-blooded
killer who took VanderGiesen’s life in a jealous rage because she
suspected the victim was dating another women.

But Wright’s attorneys maintain that the evidence will not support
theories that Wright is the killer.

The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

(( Source:  Argus Leader ))

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