By Josh Verges
Throughout the pretrial proceedings, jury selection and trial of convicted murderer Daphne Wright, her lawyers paved several avenues for appeal.
A former prosecutor said their best chance for a retrial could be the autopsy photos of Darlene VanderGiesenâ€™s dismembered body, which a higher court could decide â€œinflamed the passionsâ€ of jurors, and should not have been admitted.
Jeff Masten, former Lincoln County Stateâ€™s Attorney, said the photos may help the state get a death sentence, but could also help the defense get a retrial on appeal.
â€œItâ€™s really skating on thin ice,â€ he said.
The same jury that convicted the 43-year-old Sioux Falls woman should decide next week whether to recommend life in prison or death by injection.
If Wright gets death, the sentence is automatically appealed to the Supreme Court. Even if the jury chooses life in prison, Masten said an appeal of the guilty verdict is a sure thing.
(( Source: Argus Leader ))