By Ben Dunsmoor
Among the other people who were in the courtroomÂ Wednesday nightÂ was Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel.
Barthel says this is by far the biggest murder case his department has investigated under his leadership. The police department had the gruesome task of digging through the landfill looking for Darlene VanderGiesen’sÂ remains and searching Daphne Wright’s house for evidence
He says he’s happy the VanderGiesens can now put all of that behind them and he hopes the end of the trial will give them some closure.
Chief Doug Barthel says, “We’ve been involved in it and became personally attached to it throughout and so we felt it important to be with it all the way to the end.”
Barthel says he supports the jury’s decision to sentence Daphne Wright to life in prison without parole.
(( Source:Â KELOLAND TV ))