Attorney says Dr. Neulander and wife weren't getting divorced when she died
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:21:10 GMT —
Investigators say prominent obstetrician, Dr. Robert Neulander, killed his wife and made it look like an accident, but his attorney Ed Menkin doesn't buy it.
"I like a good fiction too," says Menkin.
During an 18 month investigation, prosecutors say they found evidence indicating Dr. Neulander moved his wife's body and changed the sheets to hide physical evidence.
"How do they know that? I would suspect that's their position because they can't prove anything else. And I think they're going to have a very hard time proving that theory," says Menkin.
At the press conference Monday, District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick also said the Neulanders were going through a divorce and sleeping in separate bedrooms. It's another false claim that Menkin says he plans to dispute at trial.
"The Neulanders were not going through divorce proceedings. I'm not going to say anything more about it but that's definitely not true," says Menkin.
The Neulanders are very active in the Jewish community. In fact, at the Jewish Community Center in Dewitt, hundreds exercise at the Neulander Family Sports and Fitness Center everyday. Almost two years after her death, J.C.C. Executive Director, Marci Erlebacher, is still mourning the loss of her dear friend, Leslie Neulander.
"She was wonderful. She was giving, she was kind. She had an energy about her. She would walk into a room and the whole room would be abuzz because Leslie lit it up," says Erlebacher.
Erlebacher couldn't believe it when police started investigating her husband for her murder.
"It doesn't make sense. It's shocking. From the people that we know, the loving couple that we know it's incredulous. I don't know what else to say," says Erlebacher.
To those who know him well, like Erlebacher, Dr. Neulander is the last person they would suspect of murder.
"Kind, warm, giving, insightful, sensitive. All those things are the words I'd say about Bob," says Erlebacher.
Walking hand in hand with his family into court, Dr. Neulander pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and Menkin is confident a jury will believe he's innocent.
"In 40 years of criminal practice I've never had a client who's innocence I believe in more firmly than him. And besides all that, he's simply a good guy and a great friend and were going to see this through," says Menkin.
As the J.C.C. promises to stand behind him.
"We've always been a home to them. The whole building has been a home to them. And what they need we're here for," says Erlebacher.