By Josh Verges
Two days after Darlene VanderGiesen disappeared, witnesses say Daphne
Wright got $200 from an ATM at 9 a.m., bought a chainsaw at 10 a.m.
and purchased trashbags at 10:20 a.m.
Police officers, store employees and receipts found at Wrightâ€™s home
helped establish the timeline in testimony today.
Sioux Falls police detective Keith Gries told the jurors after lunch
about apparent chainsaw marks on Wrightâ€™s basement floor and blue
paint spread sloppily on parts of the basement floor and walls.
Some of the paint covered sawdust made of VanderGiesenâ€™s body.
An Ace Hardware store employee is testifying at this hour about
characteristics of chainsaws.
Prosecutors have outlined a gruesome portrait of Wright as a
cold-blooded killer who took VanderGiesen’s life in a jealous rage
because she suspected the victim was dating another women.
But Wright’s attorneys, who have sought to downplay reports that she
purchased a chainsaw to dismember the victimâ€™s body, say the evidence
will not support theories that Wright is the killer.
The trial is expected to last up to four weeks.
(( Source: Argus Leader ))