Deaf Lesbian on Trial

A DEAF lesbian is on trial for murdering another woman and dismembering her with a chainsaw.Daphne Wright, 43, could become the first woman sent to death row in South Dakota, which has not executed anyone in more than 60 years.

Wright is accused of kidnapping and murdering a heterosexual deaf woman, Darlene VanderGiesen, 42, whom she thought was spending too much time with her girlfriend.

Emotional testimony and gruesome exhibits filled the first week of her trial, and worse is to come. Prosecutors are expected to show jurors a video of a pig being dismembered with the same type of chainsaw Wright bought after Ms VanderGiesen disappeared. Ms VanderGiesen’s mother sobbed and stepped out of the courtroom as jurors passed around her daughter’s charred brassiere.

But she sat calmly as a maintenance worker described finding her daughter’s head and navel wrapped in bags and bed sheets that other witnesses linked to Wright.

Flecks of Ms VanderGiesen’s bone and tissue were found hidden under fresh paint in Wright’s basement, where the smell of petrol lingered for days.

Prosecutors said a vengeful Wright had persuaded Ms VanderGiesen to meet her on February 1, 2006, then killed her.

After two days scrounging money to buy a chainsaw, Wright chopped up the body and disposed of the pieces, prosecutor Dave Nelson said. “The reason for this murder? Jealousy,” he told jurors.

Police were led to Wright after Ms VanderGiesen’s sister showed them several insulting emails Wright had sent to her rival a week before she disappeared.

(( Source:  Fiarfax Digital ))

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