LIVE BLOGGING: Leilani Neumann Testifies in Husband's Homicide Trial

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

NewsChannel 7's Liz Hayes is at Marathon County court with live blogging. You can watch the trial live by clicking on live streaming.

8:57 AM: Waiting for day two of testimony to begin. Leilani Neumann is scheduled to testify first, followed by Althea and Randall Wormgoor, friends of the Neumanns.

9:09 AM: Leilani Neumann takes the stand.

9:17 AM: Prosecutor LaMont Jacobson is showing Leilani Neumann floor plans of her Town of Weston home and asking her if they're accurate.

9:24 AM: Leilani describes her family's life in California. She says they were very happy and had it all. She says they came to Wausau to help, she says they're passionate about helping people.

9:36 AM: Leilani describes work relationship with Althea and Randall Wormgoor. She says they were "untrainable" when they came to train at Monkey Mo's. Says they never agreed to pay the Wormgoors.

9:50 AM: Leilani testifies that she believes if you look through the Bible that curses come through sin and disobedience of God. LaMont Jacobson asks if she believes sickness comes through sin, Leilani says yes. She says sickness can be cured by God.

10:01 AM: Leilani describes the night she first noticed Kara was tired, which was two weeks prior to her death. She testifies if she'd have sensed something was wrong, she would have cancelled a bible study at their home and taken care of Kara.

10:08 AM: Leilani testifies that Kara was supposed to go to Monkey Mo's the day before her death, but because she was ill she stayed home.

10:17 AM: Leilani testifies that when she got home from work Saturday, the day before Kara's death, Kara was on the couch and looked extremely weak and pale.

10:22 AM: Leilani testifies when she first saw Kara's condition, she knew the thing they had to do was to pray for her immediately.

10:42 AM: Leilani says she can't remember if Kara was saying anything Saturday evening. She testifies Kara acknowledged her when she asked her if she loved Jesus.

10:54 AM: First break of the morning.

11:28 AM: Leilani testifies she tried to get ahold of the Wormgoor's because the Neumann's had a falling out with them and she didn't know if that had to do with Kara.

11:33 AM: Leilani testifies that when she talked to her mother-in-law Sunday morning, she asked her why they didn't take her to a doctor and Leilani says her mother-in-law knows they believe in prayer.

11:40 AM: Leilani says Kara's color and breathing seemed to improve on Sunday, but she testifies Kara was still unconscious and unable to move.

11:47 AM: Leilani testifies that her family had no formal discussion about taking Kara to a doctor

11:58 AM: Leilani testifies that she felt her and her family were in their "legal right to pray."

12:02 AM: Leilani testifies that her and Dale did not seek treatment for Kara because is would show complete disobedience in what they believe, not weakness.

1:11 PM: Leilani says Dale's first love is the word of God.

1:26 PM: Defense attorney Jay Kronenwetter asks Leilani if she was in a shocked state during an interview with police after Kara's death, and she tears up and says she was in shock and it was very difficult. She says the interview was draining.

1:36 PM: Leilani testifies her and her husband aren't against doctors, but "the practices, we consider not biblical."

1:42 PM: Leilani says since her she strengthened her faith in divine healing, the family didn't get sick.

1:56 PM: Judge Howard tells Leilani to quit with the long, narrative answers.

2:10 PM: Leilani says there were some inaccuracies in the police statement given after Kara's death, but has difficulty explaining what they are.

2:19 PM: Leilani says even though Kara looked lifeless in the end, she fully thought she would recover.

2:22 PM: Leilani steps down from stand.

2:26 PM: Prosecution calls Dr. Michael Stier.

3:05 PM: Dr. Stier steps down from stand.

3:30 PM: Jennifer Peaslee takes the stand.

3:49 PM: Jennifer testifies that she didn't bring up the topic of medical care because it wouldn't have made a difference because the Neumann's believed in prayer.

4:03 PM: Jennifer Peaslee steps off the stand.

4:05 PM: Dan Peaslee takes the stand.

4:20 PM: Dan testifies that he never mentioned medical treatment because they believe that if they prayed Kara would get better.

4:36 PM: Dan steps off the stand.

4:48 PM: Althea Wormgoor takes the stand.

6:15 PM: Wormgoor back on the stand, she's being questioned by Kronenwetter.

6:28 PM: Randall Wormgoor sworn in.

6:33 PM: Wormgoor says he was skeptical about Kara's condition over the phone, but when he saw her the day she died, she wasn't looking good. Says he told Neumann if it had been his daughter, he'd have taken her to the doctor.

6:37 PM: Wormgoor says when he tried to persuade Dale to take Kara to the doctor, Dale replied it had crossed his mind.

6:41 PM: Wormgoor says no one asked him to call 911, but when someone said Kara stopped breathing, he looked for a phone and dialed. He handed the phone over to his wife Althea, and tried to calm his children down.

6:58 PM: Wormgoor steps down. End of day two of testimony.

Dale Neumann, 47, is on trial for reckless homicide in the death of his daughter Madeline Kara, 11.

She died of untreated diabetes in March of 2008. His wife Leilani, was convicted of the same charge.

Prosecutors say they recklessly killed their daughter by not taking her to the doctor when she became gravely ill. The defense says they tried to save her life the only way they knew how: by praying for God to heal her.

She died of untreated diabetes.

Leilani will be sentenced in October.


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