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Dale Neumann to take stand in own trial

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WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- The central Wisconsin father charged with reckless homicide for praying instead of taking his dying daughter to a doctor wants to tell jurors his version of the event.

Dale Neumann is expected to testify in his own defense Thursday, a day after prosecutors played an hour-long videotape of him telling police that he believed God would heal the girl and he never considered taking her to a doctor.

Neumann has told Marathon County Circuit Judge Vincent Howard that he understands his constitutional right not to testify -- but that he wants to.

The 47-year-old Neumann is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in his 11-year-old daughter's Easter 2008 death from undiagnosed diabetes.

The trial is in its fourth day Thursday. Howard says he expects closing arguments and jury deliberations on Friday.

Newsline 9's Colby Robertson will be in court today and will be live tweeting the very latest @ColbyRobertson2 and @WAOW. Colby will also bring you continuing developments on WAOW.com and Newsline 9 at 5, 6 and 10!

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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