Neumann Defense Rests Without Calling a Witness, Closing Arguments Friday

Leilani Neumann's defense attorney, Gene Linehan has rested his case without calling a witness to the stand.

Right after he made the announcement Thursday morning, Judge Vincent Howard asked Neumann whether she agreed with her attorney's decision and whether she understood it was her right to take the stand and call other witnesses. She said she did.

The judge released the jury, telling them they would hear closing arguments Friday morning. Thursday, he and the attorneys worked on the instructions the jury will hear before they begin deliberations.

During opening statements, Gene Linehan told the jury he would be calling Neumann to testify.

After testimony Wednesday, Linehan told reporters we would be in for a big surprise when he started his case Thursday.


This is a rundown of testimony from earlier in the day Thursday.

Testimony begins with prosecutors calling Dr. Joseph Monaco, the pediatrician who was one of doctors who tried to revive Kara when she was taken to St. Clare's Hospital in Weston.
The doctor testifies he was paged to the ER for a pulseless, non-breathing patient.
He says the patient, Kara, looked extremely emaciated.
The doctor testifies all measures possible were taken to save Kara, but they were starting from scratch, because none of them had a background on what caused her to be in this state.
Monaco says he talked to the Neumanns to try to get a medical background on Kara.
He says Leilani Neumann talked about the girl's tiredness, excessive water drinking and urinating for a week before she was taken to the hospital.
And he say she went on to tell him about the labored breathing for the morning before she stopped breathing early that afternoon.
Monaco says they tried to revive Kara for up to 50 minutes after she got to the ER.

NOTE: Leilani waved and smiled as the doctor identified her during his testimony.

Monaco says in 30-years of practice, the Neumanns were the first parents who didn't ask "why" when he told them their child had died.
Then he says preliminary testing showed Kara probably had diabetes for weeks.
He echoes earlier medical testimony of how easy it would have been to treat someone with the high blood sugar that Kara had and that the progression of the disease to it's final stage would have taken longer then 24-hours.


Cross examination begins.
Kara's history was taken before the Neumanns were told their daughter had died.
He says he's never seen a case of someone dying of untreated diabetes looking like they were getting better just before they died.


State enters exhibits into evidence and state rests it's case.


41-year old Leilani Neumann of Weston is charged with second degree reckless homicide in the 2008 death of her 11-year old daughter Madeline, who was also known as Kara.

Authorities say she and her husband, Dale prayed for the girl instead of getting her medical treatment and Kara died of untreated diabetes on Easter Sunday, 2008.

Dale Neumann is also charged. His trial is set for July. If convicted, the Neumanns face up to 25-years in prison.

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