Jury Selection Begins in Dale Neumann Homicide Trial

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Day one of the trial against Dale Neumann is underway, and jury selection will continue Friday.

Neumann is on trial for second degree reckless homicide in the death of his daughter Kara, 11.

She died in March of 2008 of untreated diabetes, when her parents refused to seek medical treatment, but instead prayed for her recovery.

The jury pool began with 250 Marathon County residents.

But Thursday morning, roughly 90 potential jurors showed up to face more questions from the judge, the state and the defense.

Jurors were asked if they knew anyone involved in the case, including the defendant, witnesses, or the attorneys.

They were asked if they have children or grandchildren 17 and younger, and if they've ever called 911 in an emergency.

Judge Vincent Howard made sure to be clear about a juror's role.

"The jurors selected for this case must be able to put aside what's been written and said about this case and listen carefully to the evidence actually presented in court," he said.

Before individual questioning behind closed doors Thursday morning, 10 people had been excused for a variety of reasons.

One man, who can't be identified, was excused because he's having a party for his 50th wedding anniversary and has a possible schedule conflict.

Another was excused because he has to take care of his two-year-old son.

By Thursday afternoon, several jurors had been picked.

We also learned that Leilani Neumann, along with several other Neumann family members, are on the witness list and may soon testify.

Leilani was convicted of reckless homicide in May, and awaits sentencing.

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