In her closing statement this afternoon, Minnehaha County Public Defender Traci Smith urged jurors not to focus on allegations that her client used a chainsaw to dismember Darlene VanderGiesen’s body.
Smith used a Powerpoint demonstration to make her case that the evidence falls short of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Daphne Wright was the killer.
“Take yourself outside of the emotions of the chain saw,” she said. “This is a sad case.â€
Much of the evidence presented by the state, Smith said, has been about what happened after VanderGiesen was slain – specifically, the dismemberment of her body.
â€œHave you heard any information beyond the use of a chain saw on Feb. 3, 2006?,â€ Smith asked jurors.
â€œHas premeditated murder been proven to you beyond a reasonable doubt? Has kidnapping been proven to you beyond a reasonable doubt?â€
(( Source:Â Argus Leader ))