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Deaf Lesbian Spared Death Penalty in S.D.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two members of a jury that convicted a deaf lesbian from Sioux Falls, S.D., of murder say it didn’t take long to decide Daphne Wright should not get the death penalty. There was some discrepancy among jurors about how many favored execution but they say they showed Wright more mercy than she showed her victim, Darlene VanderGiesen, who was either suffocated or died from a blow on the head early in February 2006. Her body was chopped up with a chain saw and dumped in two locations. Wright will spend the rest of her life at the women’s prison in Pierre, S.D. The jury found her guilty of premeditated murder, kidnapping and murder while committing kidnapping. In the death penalty phase, the jury’s decision had to be unanimous only if the verdict was death.

(( Source:  New York Blade ))