published Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Confessed hit man hired by rabbi set for release




Paul Michael Daniels testifies in Camden, N.J., using his hand to illustrate where he struck Carol Neulander, wife of New Jersey rabbi Fred Neulander, on the head with a lead pipe in this 2001 file photo.
Paul Michael Daniels testifies in Camden, N.J., using his hand to illustrate where he struck Carol Neulander, wife of New Jersey rabbi Fred Neulander, on the head with a lead pipe in this 2001 file photo.
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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — A confessed hit man who was one of two people paid to kill a New Jersey rabbi's wife in 1994 is scheduled to be released from prison one day before the 20th anniversary of the victim's death.

Paul Michael Daniels, 40, is scheduled to be released by Oct. 31 after spending more than 14 years in jail for the aggravated manslaughter of Carol Neulander in Cherry Hill, the Courier-Post reported.

Daniels and Len Jenoff testified that they killed Neulander on orders from her husband, Rabbi Fred Neulander. Jenoff testified that Neulander wanted his wife killed so that he could carry on an affair.

The pair testified that they took turns beating Neulander with a metal pipe during a staged robbery.

Daniels has a history of substance abuse and mental problems and said that addictions played a role in the killing.

"It wasn't me at the time. I was on drugs. I was on the stuff," he said at sentencing in January 2003. "I didn't mean to hurt their family in any way."

Jenoff was released from jail in January after serving more than 10 years of a maximum 23-year sentence. Neulander was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence in prison.

Jenoff, a former private investigator, broke the case open in 2000 when he confessed his role and implicated Neulander in his wife's death. Jenoff twice testified the rabbi hired him to kill his wife, and Neulander eventually was convicted of murder in 2002.

Jenoff changed his story several years after the trial, but then changed it back and said he had been truthful during Neulander's two murder trials. He claimed he had lied because he was depressed about his time behind bars.

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