NEW YORK (JTA) – The jury has been seated in the trial of a Syracuse, N.Y., physician accused of murdering his wife. Dr. Robert Neulander, 63, has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. His wife, Leslie, was found dead in the shower of the family’s home in 2012, but the death initially was ruled an accident. Opening arguments were slated to begin in Onondoga County Court as the Ledger went to press on Tuesday afternoon. Neulander, who was released on $100,000 cash bail following his indictment in June, has denied the charges.
Both Neulanders were active in the local Jewish community. The Neulanders chaired the Jewish Federation of Central New York’s annual campaign in 2012. Leslie chaired fundraising events at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School in DeWitt and Robert played a key role in the expansion of the local Jewish community center. Their four children attended the Syracuse Hebrew Day School.