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Closing Arguments and Deliberations Expected Friday in Neumann Trial

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The Weston man charged with second degree reckless homicide in the death of his daughter Kara, 11, says only God can save a life.

He testified on his own behalf Thursday afternoon in Marathon County court, before the defense rested their case.

Neumann appeared completely unwavering in his faith.

He took the opportunity to preach to the jury, he spoke loudly, looked each juror in the eyes, and read scriptures outloud.

He became born again in 1982, after feeling discontent in life.

"That's the day when Dale R. Neumann died and he was buried in baptism," he testified.

Neumann said he believed Jesus never went to the doctor and that going to one would be putting God second, something he couldn't do.

Though he told the jury that in the past he and his children saw physicians.

"We have to live the way God commands us and instructs, not according to the man's tradition, not according to man's religious principle."

Neumann told the jury he didn't think at any point in the last moments of Kara's death that she would die. He believed prayer, clean hearts, and trust in God was the only way for her to be healed.

After her death, he was devastated.

Now it will be up to the jury to decide his guilt or innocence.

The state and defense will present their closing arguments Friday morning, then the jury will deliberate.


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