Judge delays Dianna Siveny trial

APPLETON – Part of a murder case that dates back seven years has been delayed again.

Dianna Siveny is charged in connection with the death of Lara Plamann. Plamann, Siveny’s domestic partner, was found shot to death in Greenville in 2007.

Kandi Siveny, Rosie Campbell
Kandi Siveny, left, and Rosie Campbell

Investigators said Siveny offered Rosie Campbell $5,000 to kill Plamann. Police said Campbell backed out, and Siveny’s daughter, Kandi Siveny, shot Plamann instead. Kandi Siveny suspected Plamann was cheating on her mother.

Police said Campbell confessed last year and said she witnessed Plamann’s death. But now Campbell won’t testify, even under an offer of immunity.

In Outagamie County court Monday, prosecutors asked Judge Nancy Krueger to delay Dianna Siveny’s trial until after Campbell stands trial. Campbell’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 20.

“I’m also considering the nature of the case, in terms of the reasons for delay here,” said Judge Krueger. “This is a homicide case.”

Krueger granted the prosecution’s request and postponed Dianna Siveny’s trial until Jan. 25, 2015. Dianna Siveny is charged with being party to first-degree intentional homicide and solicitation of substantial battery.

The delay is the latest twist in the case. Earlier this year, Judge Krueger ordered both Sivenys be released from jail on bond. The judge ruled the state violated their right to a speedy trial.

Krueger ruled no rights are being violated by this delay.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has said justice is to be swift but deliberate,” she said.

After the hearing, Dianna Siveny’s attorney said the wrong people are being accused.

“It’s actually a win situation for the defense,” said Daniel Kaminsky. “The state has conceded that at least as of right now it does not have sufficient evidence to proceed to prove a case.”

But Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider said the case will proceed even if Campbell won’t testify.

“She’s an important piece of the puzzle,” said Schneider. “We have lots of puzzle pieces to always put together, so she’s an important piece and trying to analyze some other options.”

Dianna and Kandi Siveny remain out of jail.

The trial for Kandi Siveny is planned for Sept. 29. However, Judge Krueger said those proceedings will also likely be delayed.

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