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Emotional Day In Deaf Dismemberment Trial

(AP) Sioux Falls, S.D. It was an emotional day of testimony in the Sioux Falls trial of a deaf woman accused of killing and dismembering another deaf woman.

Daphne Wright is charged in the February 2006 slaying of Darlene VanderGiesen.

Jessica Lichty of the Sioux Falls crime lab described for jurors how VanderGiesen’s pelvis and thighs, and feet and lower legs were found at the local landfill.

She said the upper part of the body was later found intact in a Minnesota ditch. It showed burn marks and there was a plastic bag tied around VanderGiesen’s head.

Prosecutors said Wright killed VanderGiesen, then used a chain saw in the basement to dismember her body and burn part of it.

Jurors were shown photos of what investigators found.

VanderGiesen’s mother left the courtroom crying. Continue

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