Dale and Leilani Neumann
The jury has now been chosen for thel Leilani Neumann trial.
It's 7 men and 7 women.
The judge and attorneys spent Friday morning questioning potential jurors in his chambers. Just before noon, they reached 24. After lunch the attorneys and judge met in chambers again, where each struck 5 jurors. That took the number down to 14, 12-jurors and 2-alternates.
During the jury selection process over Thursday and Friday, the judge asked standard questions. District Attorney Jill Falstad asked jurors if they felt parents should take care of a child when the child is sick. Defense attorney Gene Linehan asked if they could stay impartial until all the witnesses had testified.
Several people were dismissed because of work issues. One was dismissed because her husband is already on the jury. One man was also dismissed because he said he couldn't be impartial because the case involved religion.
Opening statements are expected Saturday morning.
Neumann and her husband Dale are charged with second degree reckless homicide in the death of their 11-year old daughter, Kara. Prosecutors say they prayed for her instead of seeking medical attention and she died of untreated diabetes. Dale's trial is set to begin in July.
Also Saturday, the judge is expected to rule on a number of motions filed this week by prosecutors and the defense. Among them, prosecutors want to ban Neumann from using religious symbols and gestures during the trial. And they also want to bar the testimony of a so-called faith healer from Texas. The defense want to call him as an expert witness in the case.
You can watch the trial live at www.wsaw.com starting with opening statements.
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