Photos of dismembered body could spark appeal in Daphne Wright case

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 VanderGiesen’s dismembered body, which a higher court could decide “inflamed the passions” of jurors, and should not have been admitted.

Jeff Masten, former Lincoln County State’s Attorney, said the photos may help the state get a death sentence, but could also help the defense get a retrial on appeal.

“It’s really skating on thin ice,” 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 ))

One thought on “Photos of dismembered body could spark appeal in Daphne Wright case”

  1. Well, I am very sorry saw what is happen about Daphne Wright had been murder to Darlene VanderGiesen.
    God would the judge each one person and God would know whom is the murder.
    I am kind hate the killer doing bad things to do.
    God can make condmnation for Daphne Wright for sure,
    God would show Daphne Wright that Jesus Christ would lead to Daphne Wright where go the way for sure.
    God would not accept that Daphne Wright kill to Dalene VanderGiesen.
    God told many time the years that Daphne Wright should know better shall do not the murder period.
    I am very breakheart saw what is happen that I am read that the there the bad news.
    But there is bad news saw what is happen to Daphne Wright was the murder.
    I believe that Daphne Wright should might be in penalty Death or lifetime in prison.
    I believe that Daphne Wright must be kind of illness sick being with chain saw cut her body that Daphne kind of very dangerous person her mind sound alike as the Devil’s ways.
    God are not allow to Daphne Wright being kill to her that is not right being big jealous almond shape-eye on her.
    God said to me when I learned my lesson that Daphne Wright should not being a jealous over to Darlene VanderGiesen.
    Darlene VanderGiesen kind of very innocent person and good person at all so, I believe that God hold his hand cover to her body take God’s heaven would open the window for her.
    I felt that I am very honor to Darlene VanderGiesen for sure for her Family stand for it.
    But I don’t know them but God show me love your nieghbor and enemy yourself into the bible said so.
    Let go to the Judge would announcment when the 12 jurior answer if guily or not guilty.
    By Alfred Ross Gregory

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