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Coffee talk: Daphne Wright verdict

By Craig Henry

As the jury in the capital murder case against Daphne Wright resume deliberations this morning, some coffee goers in Sioux Falls are expecting to hear a verdict later today.

Ron Staebell, 61, of Sioux Falls, said he believes the jury will find Wright guilty, but he’s not sure if Wright will be the first female in the state to receive the death penalty.

“I think there’s enough evidence,” Staebell said. “But I’m not sure (if she will get the death penalty). The fact that they didn’t make a decision yet I think is significant.”

Bill Butler, 79, of Sioux Falls, said he thought Wright would get the death penalty if found guilty.

“It will probably be guilty,” he said. “That’s just a guess, yeah.”

Other people around local coffee shops and cafes said they haven’t been following the case very closely, mainly because of the horrific details.

“I honestly don’t know,” said Roger Starks, 56, of Sioux Falls. “I don’t want to sound mean, but I honestly don’t care.”

Rob Nelson said he thinks the verdict will come out as guilty.

“That would be my guess,” he said. “But I haven’t really been following it.”

Steve Johnson, 56, of Sioux Falls, said he didn’t want to guess whether the verdict will be guilty.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what the people who really have a say in it decided,” he said.

(( Source: Argus Leader ))