Jurors in Daphne Wright murder case could begin deliberations by mid-afternoon

By Josh Verges

urors in the Daphne Wright murder case will hear closing arguments after lunch, and could begin deliberating the case as early as mid-afternoon.

Prosecutors maintain that after kidnapping and murdering Darlene VanderGiesen, Wright used a chainsaw to cut up her body, and tried to burn the parts before disposing of them in a Dumpster and a Minnesota highway ditch.

She faces first-degree murder and kidnapping charges.

The lawyers and Judge Brad Zell discussed jury instructions this morning.

Defense attorney Jeff Larsen said the jury could infer from the evidence that Wright committed manslaughter.

His client might have pushed VanderGiesen down the stairs, he said, or hit her with a weapon during a fight.
(( Source:  Argus Leader ))

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