State Supreme Court Justice Lester Adler will hold conferences with prosecutors and defense lawyers in two major cases on Thursday:
The first is Werner Lippe, the 67-year-old jeweler from Cortlandt accused of killing his wife, Faith, whose remains have yet to be found. The two were getting divorced. Werner ran a jewelry business on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Faith was a nutrition consultant for the Ossining school district. They had two children: Andrew, 14, and Stephanie, 12.
The trial, should it go to a jury, could revolve around forensic evidence and statements that Lippe made to police after he was arrested Oct. 30. I’m expecting a trial. I can’t imagine Lippe pleading guilty to anything, let alone Murder 2. Plus he hired top-notch attorney Andrew Rubin to defend him.
The other case is Meghan Wood, a 23-year-old Carmel High School graduate charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving for a June crash that killed her best friend. Rubin is her lawyer as well. I’ll be surprised if this case goes before a jury; they rarely do. But after covering courts for more than a year now, I’ve learned anything is possible.