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Darlene VanderGiesen murder case revisited

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The lawyer for a disturbing 2007 murder case was back court this afternoon.

Daphne Wright was found guilty of kidnapping, murdering and dismembering Darlene VanderGiesen in Sioux Falls.

KSFY News was in court this afternoon.

Wright is already serving a life sentence without the chance for parole in Pierre.

But her lawyer was in court Tuesday to clear up an issue with her convictions.

He filed a motion to resolve her convictions, not her sentence.

Wright was convicted of aggravated kidnapping along with both premeditated murder and felony murder.  Her lawyer argued this made it appear on paper she had committed two murders.

Judge Bradley Zell argued Wright didn't receive multiple punishments for the same crime.

But in the end, Zell granted the motion to correct wrights two murder convictions, and merge the two into one.

Investigators searched a Sioux Falls landfill for evidence of VanderGiesen's remains.

More than 100 items were admitted for use in the trial, including a replica of the chainsaw Wright used to dismember VanderGiesen and the sheets and garbage bags she wrapped her body in.

There were also carpet samples found in the Sioux Falls landfill that came from Wright's
basement.

Wright is a deaf lesbian who thought Darlene, who was also deaf, but not gay, was spending too much time with Wright's girlfriend.

Wright originally was scheduled to be in court today with her lawyer, but she wasn't there.

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