Neumann Shows No Reaction to Guilty Verdict

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

After 15 hours, a Marathon county jury finds Dale Neumann, 47, guilty.

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

The girl died of treatable diabetes in March of 2008, when her parents prayed for her to be healed, rather than seek medical treatment.

The courthouse emptied out immediately after the guilty verdict came in.

Dale Neumann himself, showed absolutely no emotion as he heard his fate.

After a day and a half of deliberations, and a dozen questions from the jury, it wasn't clear there would be a verdict for some time.

Halfway through deliberations Friday, the jury said they were deadlocked. There were strong opinions on both sides and they didn't see that changing.

But something absolutely changed by 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

"The verdict of the jury reads, 'We the jury as for a verdict find the defendant Dale Neumann guilty of second degree reckless homicide on the 23rd day of March 2008 is charged in the information," Judge Vincent Howard read outloud.

Neumann hardly moved an inch, and his family sat silently.

A gag order was kept in place, meaning the prosecutors, the defense attorney and Neumann himself weren't able to comment.

No one from the Neumann family spoke, but Neumann was heard...he was heard humming a song as he walked away, his bible firmly in hand.

Like his wife Leilani, Neumann's bail was continued, meaning he is still a free man for now.

Both Neumanns will be sentenced together in early October, it's unclear if the state will ask for the maximum 25 year sentence, or if they'll just get a slap on the wrist.

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