Jury Can't Agree on Verdict for Dale Neumann Prayer Death Trial

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The jury chosen to decide Dale Neumann's guilt or innocence cannot come up with a verdict.

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

She died of untreated diabetes in May of 2008.

Neumann maintains his praying for her recovery was the only way for her to be healed.

After nine hours of deliberations Friday, the jury is at an impasse.

The twelve person jury, made up of half men and half women of all ages, can't come to an agreement.

Though Neumann's wife Leilani was found guilty of the same crime after only three hours of deliberation, for this jury it's another story.

"The communication with the jury is we are unable to come to a unanimous decision. We have strong opinions on both sides and it doesn't seem like we'll change. What is our next step," Judge Vincent Howard read outloud.

The jury was looking for guidance, so Judge Howard ordered them to make another effort and keep talking.

After a couple more hours, still, no verdict.

"You have indicated that you're still unable to make progress in your deliberations. You're obviously tired and perhaps somewhat frustrated," the judge said.

Both the state and the defense agreed, in order for a true and just verdict, the jury needed more time.

They rested for the night at 8 p.m., and will go back into deliberations Saturday morning.


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