Minnehaha County Stateâ€™s Attorney Dave Nelson concluded his closing arguments by asking jurors not to consider a lesser charge against Daphne Wright, who is accused of murdering Darlene VanderGiesen.
Nelson said a compromise verdict – one that would end the possibility of capital punishment – would not serve justice.
Though Wright is charged with first-degree murder, jurors have the option of finding her guilty of a lesser charge such as second-degree murder.
Nelson also asked jurors to dismiss â€œspeculation and innuendoâ€ the defense offered during six days of testimony.
The evidence does not point to an accidental fall, or to other suspects, Nelson said.
â€œThere was nothing accidental about this case,â€ he said. â€œHer body was desecrated in ways that we can not find words to describe.â€
Minnehaha County Public Defender Traci Smith was preparing to begin her closing argument.
The jury could get the case as early as 5 p.m. today.
(( Source:Â Argus Leader ))