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Daphne Wright’s fate could be decided today

Convicted murderer Daphne Wright’s fate could be decided by a jury today.

Wright was convicted last week of first-degree murder, felony murder and kidnapping Darlene VanderGiesen on Feb. 1, 2006.

The same jury that found her guilty will consider whether she should receive the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

They will hear arguments from both sides starting at 9 a.m. today and could begin deliberating by the end of the day.

Defense lawyer Jeff Larson said Monday that he will call only three significant witnesses today: a psychologist, a law professor who specializes in deaf issues and Wright’s mother. Wright herself will not testify.

Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Dave Nelson said he should need one hour to make his case today, plus another 30 minutes for argument.

(( Source:  Argus Leader ))