There are two major court cases ongoing. The first is the Joshua Young trial. After only a few witnesses, including the family caseworker, Allison Miller, the defense rested and Joshua did not testify.
One of Joshua’s aunts testified that she saw him teary-eyed and upset during the funeral. Witnesses for the prosecution had previously testified that Joshua showed no emotion during the funeral.
We have been hearing all throughout the trial that Allison Miller, the caseworker, believes that Joshua is innocent though we heard very little from her on the stand. She testified that she saw Joshua Young and Trey playing video games and joking together. She saw no problems between the two teens however, the prosecution pointed out that she spent very little time in their presence.
It would have been interesting to have heard more from Ms. Miller. She has been involved with Joshua Young since 2007. Bound by state law, she also assisted in the reunification of Joshua Young and Josh Gowker.
Closing arguments and deliberations begin on Friday. The judge told jurors to pack a bag in case they aren’t able to reach a decision by Friday night. If no verdict is reached, they will be sequestered in a hotel and asked to resume deliberations on Saturday.
Don Sneiderman, Rusty’s father, testified about a phone call that he received from his daughter-in-law Andrea Sneiderman regarding the death of Rusty Sneiderman. According to Don Sneiderman, Andrea called him before arriving at Atlanta Medical Center where her husband was pronounced dead.
“She called, she was very excited, her voice was very high pitched,” Mr. Sneiderman said. “She said Rusty had been shot, she was so, so sorry and she was going to Dunwoody Prep to see what had happened.”
The prosecution also introduced correspondences between Andrea Sneiderman and Hemy Neuman, attempting to demonstrate that they were having an affair. After the two went on a business trip in Greenville, South Carolina, Andrea writes about a “betrayal.”
In another letter she says that she has to “repent” and that she doesn’t know how to “live with this.”
A friend of Neuman’s, Melanie White, testified that Neuman told her he and Sneiderman were intimate during a trip to England. Ms. White told the court that Hemi said, that the two “decided they were soulmates.”
Ms. White had been telling Mr. Neuman to leave Andrea alone.
Today, the jury is watching a three hour video of the police questioning of Andrea Sneiderman that took place about a week after her husband was murdered.
Andrew Thompson, lead detective with the Dunwoody Police Department, took the stand and told the court “I made a mistake.” He was apologizing for mishandling the investigation of the shooting of Rusty Sneiderman.
He also told the court that “she did not tell me about any extramarital affair. She concealed any kind of physical involvement with Hemy. She told me absolutely nothing to emphasize that there was an inappropriate relationship or extramarital affair with Hemy which would have guided my investigation directly at him.”
Andrea Sneiderman’s attorney pointed out, when the detective was on the stand, that she came to the police station without an attorney even though she was told that it was a death penalty case.