Adler’s court tomorrow

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.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.