Ouch, I know that you are feel bad about her and don't forget to call to God then they will work out for you.The three women were deaf and knew each other through the deaf community.
First woman faces death penalty in S.D.
By CARSON WALKER, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 2, 4:42 PM ET
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Jealousy drove a woman to kill her lover's friend, then dismember her body with a chain saw and burn it, a prosecutor said Monday as he opened South Dakota's first death penalty trial against a female.
Defense attorneys argued there was not enough evidence to convict Daphne Wright, 43, who is charged with kidnapping and murdering Darlene VanderGiesen. VanderGiesen's bone fragments were found in the basement of Wright's Sioux Falls home.
Wright became upset when her girlfriend, Sallie Collins, befriended VanderGiesen, 42, prosecutor Dave Nelson told jurors. "The reason for this murder? Jealousy," he said.
The three women were deaf and knew each other through the deaf community.
Collins and VanderGiesen were platonic friends, Nelson said.
"In her words, she felt Darlene was trying to destroy her relationship with Sallie," Nelson said. "There was no romantic relationship between Darlene and Sallie. They were friends."
Wright was arrested 10 days after VanderGiesen disappeared Feb. 1, 2006.
Nelson said the evidence included a receipt that Wright bought an electric chain saw two days after VanderGiesen disappeared. Another receipt indicates she also bought black garbage bags found with the body, he said.
Parts of VanderGiesen's body were found in the Sioux Falls landfill and in a ditch near Hills, Minn.
Evidence indicates VanderGiesen died either of suffocation or a blow to the head or both, Nelson said.
"Within hours of disposing of Darlene VanderGiesen's remains the night before, this defendant embraced Darlene's mother, hugged her, and said she was sorry she was missing and told Darlene's mother that she would pray for her return," he said.
Sign language interpreters communicated the courtroom dialogue to Wright. A large screen showed the court reporter's transcription to audience members, many of whom are deaf.
Defense attorney Traci Smith said the evidence only focuses on what happened after VanderGiesen died and none of it would prove Wright kidnapped or killed her.
"I would ask only that you consider the state's motive in relying so heavily on this information when it has no bearing on how Darlene was killed," she said. "You will only hear speculation as to what may have caused the fatal injury to Darlene's skull."
Smith said e-mails suggested Wright called VanderGiesen derogatory names because of her weight but that does not constitute a motive for murder.
"These childish words have been spun into the death threat which gave rise to the state's theory of their case," Smith said.
Four men are on death row in South Dakota, which has not had an execution in 60 years.
You believe in God, now? Just curious. No offense.Ouch, I know that you are feel bad about her and don't forget to call to God then they will work out for you.
It's not my type to execute people in death row, that sad for them.
if anyone who has problem with jealousy issue, need to learn how to control jealous emotion and overcome it as you can do it. But that lady was out of control with jealously then end up with her life in prison for death row!If a person is going to handle jealousy issues like that, they shouldn't even be here.
Sure, I get jealous of a lot of things... but that doesn't mean I'm going to do stupid things over it. I am who I am. If it happens, it happens.