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Prayer-death trials cost taxpayers at least $84,000
Associated Press

Updated: 08/10/2009 10:11:02 AM CDT


It cost Marathon County taxpayers at least $84,000 to try the central Wisconsin parents convicted of reckless homicide for praying instead of taking their dying daughter to a hospital.

Clerk of Courts Diane Sennholz says the tab includes expenses for the parents' court-appointed attorneys and jury costs for food, lodging and travel. It does not include the salaries of prosecutors.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide for the March 2008 death of their 11-year-old daughter from undiagnosed diabetes. They are to be sentenced Oct. 6.

Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson says prosecutors decided to try the parents separately because they felt the wife's testimony was necessary in the case against the husband.

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Why do they need an attorney?

Can't they just pray for a not-guilty verdict?

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