LIVE BLOGGING: Dale Neumann Testifying at Own Prayer Death Trial

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

9:08 AM: Defense attorney Jay Kronenwetter calls Earl Schmidt, Neumann's uncle, to the stand. He testifies he saw Kara at Monkey Mo three days before her death, and she seemed busy and energetic.

9:19 AM: Kronenwetter calls Jim Nuens to the stand, an acquaintance of the family. Was involved with bible study groups. He says he saw Kara six days before she died and she seemed normal...yet she had dark circles under her eyes.

9:26 AM: Kronenwetter calls Lynn Wilde, friend of the Neumanns. Regular attendee of the Neumann bible studies.

9:39 AM: Wilde testifies in last few weeks of Kara's life, she seemed normal...they'd play and horse around.

9:42 AM: Wilde let herself into Neumann home the day Kara died because she sensed something was wrong. She prayed with family.

9:57 AM: Attorneys discussing whether Wilde testimony is relevant....jury excused.

10:05 AM: Wilde testifies the morning of Kara's death, Dale had what she describes as great faith, was praying, reading scriptures, seemed confident.

10:16 AM: Wilde testifies when she left the Neumann home, she believed Kara would be fine and she "had a peace about it."

10:58 AM: Break until 1 p.m. Dale will testify this afternoon.

1:51 PM: Still waiting for court to resume...

2:08 PM: Defense calls Dale Neumann to the stand...he's carrying his bible.

2:10 PM: Neumann says time of recorded police interview was one of the most difficult times of his life.

2:14 PM: Neumann says, "Dale Neumann is dead and Jesus Christ is now in me. I am his."

2:23 PM: Neumann testifies as a young man he wasn't content, had a great job, had money, was travelling, was also cursing and drinking too much.

2:28 PM: Neumann screams in court, "God! If there's a God, show me a better way!" He's referring to why he became born again.

2:33 PM: Neumann screams again, "God we're so blind!!!" He's referring to his conversion to his new faith back in 1982.

2:42 PM: Neuman: "I physically felt something fall off of me when I came out of the water." After his born again baptism.

2:48 PM: Neumann: "Holy spirit spoke to me and said, are you willing to suffer for me? Yeah Lord I'm willing." Says he was called to ministry.

3:02 PM: Neumann is reading scriptures..it's like he's preaching to the jury.

3:13 PM: Neumann: I've seen cancers fall off in meetings, have seen physical healings in meetings I've attended.

3:18 PM: Neumann says Jesus never went to a doctor.

3:21 PM: Neumann is again reading from scriptures to explain why he believes God directed him not to seek traditional medical treatment.

3:42 PM: Neumann testifies in every instance Jesus healed, he never directed anybody to go to the doctor.

4:15 PM: Dale testifies that in the months prior to her death, there were no signs of diabetes or illness.

4:17 PM: Dale testifies that Saturday morning back in March of 2008 was the first time he noticed any signs.

4:37 PM: Dale testifies that on Sunday morning... he thought Kara improved, thinking whatever this is will "burn" out of Kara.

4:55 PM: Dale testifies that he did not think she would die if they didn't take her to a doctor... he says death wasn't even on his mind.

5:06 PM: Dale says when asked if there is anything else he would like the jury to know, "Why would I in a moment of crisis, go to anyone" but the Lord.

5:05 PM: Dale cries while reading Scripture

5:12 PM: Dale testifies that he has no trust in man.

5:44 PM: Dale testifies that losing his daugher was very hard.

5:49 PM: Dale is off the stand.

6:10 PM: Defense rests.

Dale Neumann, 47, is on trial for second degree reckless homicide after the death of his daughter Kara, 11. She died March of 2008 of untreated diabetes.

Neumann is accused of recklessly killing Kara by not taking her to the hospital, and instead relying on prayer for her recovery.

Neumann's wife Leilani was convicted of the same crime in May. She awaits sentencing in October.


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