WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court is expected to rule Tuesday on whether new trials should be granted for a Wausau area couple convicted in the 2008 prayer death of their daughter.
Dale and Leilani Neumann appealed a decision last year from Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard which denied them new trials.
Both were convicted separately of second-degree reckless homicide. Leilani Neumann said her attorney was ineffective, and jurors did not take the state law which allows faith-healing into account. Dale Neumann said jurors in his trial could have been biased after learning that his wife was convicted of the same charges earlier.
But Judge Howard rejected the arguments from both defendants in denying new trials.
The Neumanns made national headlines after they were accused of praying instead of getting medical help, while their daughter Kara was dying from treatable complications of diabetes in 2008.
Both were sentenced to six months in jail as part of 10 years of probation. The jail time has been delayed while the case is being appealed.