Public defender: Killing Daphne Wright won’t undo tragedy

Sentencing Daphne Wright to death won’t undo the slaying of Darlene VanderGiesen, public defender Jeff Larson told jurors moments ago.

Larson wrapped up his closing statement, which sought to downplay the gruesome nature of the chainsaw dismemberment of the body.

“Darlene is gone and that’s a terrible tragedy,” Larson told jurors. “No verdict you render will ever undo it or patch the hole in her family’s heart. Killing Daphne is not going to do that.”

Wright is “a human being,” Larson said. “She’s already lost her freedom. The rest of her life she will have to live with that every day of the rest of her life. In a prison cell. In silence. Please realize that is a just punishment for this act.”

Larson also addressed the dismemberment, saying it was the last thing Wright wanted to do.

“This is not a case where a body was gratuitously or sexually mutilated or organs were cut out or genitals were cut off after death,” Larson said. “Do you really think that the body was dismembered for some perverse pleasure? Or because she couldn’t figure out a way to get a 200-pound body out of the basement?”

Jurors could begin their deliberations as early as this afternoon.

(( Source:  Argus Leader ))

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