Security heightened for prayer-death trial
Security at the Marathon County Courthouse will be ramped up for this week’s trial in a prayer-death case that could attract national media attention, protesters and onlookers.
Leilani Neumann and her husband, Dale, of the town of Weston, are charged with second-degree reckless homicide in connection with the death of their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann. Kara, as she was known, died March 23, 2008, from an untreated form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her recovery rather than seek traditional medical help.
The case has incited passions, and the potential for court spectators with strong opinions has led Marathon County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Billeb to take extra precautions to keep the courthouse safe. Instead of the usual three officers working courthouse security, as many as six will be present, Billeb said.
Jury selection begins for Wausau area woman accused of praying instead of getting treatment for daughter
Barring a last-second plea deal, jury selection will take place Thursday and Friday in the trial of Leilani Neumann, the Weston mother accused of praying instead of getting treatment for her diabetic daughter.
Neumann, 41, and her husband, Dale, are both charged in Marathon County with second-degree reckless homicide.
The trial is expected to run through the end of next week and will be televised on tape-delayed basis on Tru TV, the former Court TV.
Dale Neumann is scheduled to go on trial July 23.