By Josh Verges
Daphne Wrightâ€™s defense team finished its case this afternoon by presenting a second opinion on how Darlene VanderGiesen died.
Dr. Donald Habbe, a Rapid City forensic pathologist, said VanderGiesen more likely died of a single blow to the head than suffocation. It supports one of the defense theories that the woman died accidentally by falling down the stairs leading to Wrightâ€™s basement.
A state witness, Minnehaha County Coroner Brad Randall, had said he believes there were at least three blows to the head. He also said the bag over VanderGiesenâ€™s head could have contributed to her death.
The state will put on rebuttal witnesses later today. The jury should here closing arguments Wednesday morning.
(( Source:Â Argus Leader ))