The Andrea Sneiderman Perjury Trial Continues

By | August 14, 2013

The Andrea Sneiderman case continues as the defense has recently begun presenting its case. The following are highlights of what we have learned in recent testimony.

Shayna Citron

Shayna Citron, Andrea Sneiderman’s former friend, testified for the prosecution and said that Andrea had “checked out of her marriage” right before Rusty was killed.

She described Andrea’s eyes as “being dark and cold” when she spoke about Rusty during a lunch in September 2010 but her eyes were “sparkling” when she talked about Mr. Neuman.

Shayna testified that she had a conversation with Sneiderman about two months before the murder in which Andrea told her about a fight that she and Rusty had. The fight occurred in front of the children and it upset Andrea. Shayna said that Rusty told Andrea “you’re a terrible mother for being away from the family…”

Shayna told the jury that Andrea confided in her about Neuman’s romantic gestures, that Andrea recognized Neuman’s eyes in a composite police sketch, and that Andrea had called Neuman to warn him about the fact that she given his name to the police, and that she had asked him if he was the killer.

Shayna told Andrea that she needed to tell the police about Hemy but Andrea said that she was afraid of what it would do to her family.

When Shayna was asked why she didn’t tell the police about her belief that Mr. Neuman had shot Rusty, she responded “Andrea came out with a public statement about being shocked that it could be Hemy, and I thought to myself how in the world could she be shocked when I told her to tell the police about her boss. I then thought back to all the things that we had talked about.”

Andrea contacted Shanya the day of the shooting: “Shayna Shayna, Rusty’s been shot. I don’t know if he’s alive or dead. I am on my way to the hospital.”

Bonnie Greenberg 

Andrea Sneiderman’s mother, Bonnie Greenberg, testified about the day of the murder. She fully corroborated Andrea’s story, saying that they didn’t learn about Rusty being shot until after they arrived at Atlanta Medical Center.

Andrea’s mother said that the Sneiderman’s appeared to be in love. Defense attorney Tom Clegg asked Ms. Greenberg “”Was there ever a time until the death of Rusty Sneiderman on November 18th, 2010, where you ever changed that impression that they appeared in love?”

“Never,” replied Ms. Greenberg.

Soon thereafter, the prosecution rested their case.

Andrea Not Sure If She Will Testify

Judge Gregory Adams asked Andrea if she planned to testify but she has not made a decision yet. The judge gave her until the end of the case to make her decision, which is expected to be sometime this week.

Jane Newman

Jane Newman, director of Dunwoody Daycare, testified about having a conversation with Don Sneiderman, Rusty’s father, who had called the daycare center the day of the murder. The two had the following conversation:

“I’m Don Sneiderman, Rusty’s father. What happened to him?”

“There was an accident.”

“What kind of accident?”

“He was shot.”

“He was shot?!”

Jane thought that Don seemed surprised and acted as though it was the first time he had heard that Rusty had been shot. Had he heard it from Andrea first, like the prosecution is alleging, then he would not have been surprised.

The defense was attempting to show that Andrea did not know that Rusty had been shot before arriving at the school and thus is not guilty of making a false statement.

Donna Fornato

Donna Fornato, administrative assistant at Dunwoody Prep, said that she could see Rusty’s gunshot wounds from a foot away. It was her who had returned Don Sneiderman’s call but did not tell him what hospital Rusty had been taken to because she did not know.

She said that her memory was much better the day of the murder than it was in court.

Elizabeth Stansbury

Elizabeth Stansbury testified that Donna told her that Andrea collapsed into a chair when Donna told her that Rusty had been shot. Under cross-examination, Elizabeth admitted she was part of an Andrea Sniederman support group thus making her testimony biased.

9 thoughts on “The Andrea Sneiderman Perjury Trial Continues

  1. Linda K

    I don’t know what to think about Andrea Sneiderman. On one hand, so much of her “dubious” behavior on the day of the murder doesn’t seem all that strange to me (or at least not based on my current understanding of the case). On the other hand, it’s easy to suspect she encouraged/manipulated Hemy to kill Rusty in some way or another. The questions that linger in my mind:

    (1) Obviously Andrea and Hemy were “close” but whether the relationship should be categorized as a flirtation, a fling or a full-blown affair hasn’t been cemented in my mind… and the answer depends on who you ask. Hemy may have categorized it as an affair but how much can I trust his judgment? I think many of us might be able to recall instances in our own lives where a relationship was one-sided, where one person believes it is much more substantial than it really is.

    (2) Was any alleged suggestion or manipulation of Hemy to kill Rusty done deliberately or unconsciously? I’m not sure how we will ever be able to answer that one.

    (3) If I got a phone call at work that my husband had been in an accident, the first person I might try to contact would be my boss. I’d want to let him know about the emergency and that I was leaving work. I might even choose to hold off calling family and friends until I knew more.

    (4) The accusation that it was somehow inappropriate for Andrea to leave her kids in daycare that day seems to be a reach. It’s what I would do, especially if the children were very young.

    (5) Finally, I’m still confused about who said what to whom and when on the day of the murder. What’s the precise timeline on the conversations? Are witnesses clear on this? This was a day of chaos, during which it would be natural for memories to be less than perfect.

    1. NERN

      As Hemy used the insanity defense, one would be hesitant about anything he said; however, many have used this as a line of defense to get out of being convicted and receive the harshest punishment. Also, OF COURSE, Andrea is going to deny any affair – anyone in her position would. But I feel their relationship is suspect from her point of view.
      Calling your boss would not be the first person I would call. I would get the hell out of work as fast as I can and possibly tell a co-worker to inform the boss on my way out. My boss would be the last b=person I would be thinking about in a crisis.
      I do agree that maybe not calling family right away until more was known could happen.
      Andrea Sneiderman is a cunning arrogant woman and perjuring herself and thinking she could get away with it is proof of this personality.

      1. Linda K

        @NERN:

        In response to your comments, I probably should elaborate on a couple of them to more fully explain my point of view.

        I think if we start with the premise that Hemy is, at minimum, an unstable individual (he killed someone in cold blood) then we have to question his ability for rational thinking regarding the nature of his relationship with Andrea. One thing we know for certain, they can’t both be telling the truth. And if he’s demonstrably delusional…

        Large corporations such as G.E. usually have very strict attendance policies. I’m assuming Andrea was probably conditioned to inform the boss of any need to be absent and to personally present the justification. I just don’t see her calling Hemy first as so extraordinary as to attract suspicion, regardless of whatever relationship the two may or may not have had outside the office.

        1. NERN

          Linda K. – I fully respect your position on these issues but my feelings tend to remain the same. Yes, Hemy is irrational – anyone who kills in cold blood the way he did certainly is unstable but my gut still tells me that there was a relationship between him and Sneiderman. She is going to say anything to refute this but more than one witness saw what they saw when they were together on business trip(s). The cell phone calls are suspicious as well.
          Maybe G.E. tries to condition their employees, but I believe that the importance of family and their safety and well-being far outweighs any conditioning they might try. Someone who puts her job and boss before their family crisis speaks a whole lot to how they feel about their family. What about the kids? Where they were would be paramount in a crisis – not following protocol in the workplace. If she called Hemy – her boss – it was for other resons than being a good employee.

    2. GiGi

      I agree with your post. I think the children were probably better off left at day care until Andrea knew what was going on and the chaos died down. As for one sided situations, you are right just about everyone has been there done that. I know way back in highschool some guy liked me and 30 yrs later he said he had a mad crush and I broke his heart. I never took him seriously bcause I was dating his friend. Ithought he liked me but was just being a pain in the butt. I can’t keep up with who said what to who either. Seems like a lot of hear say to me.

  2. GiGi

    I wouldn’t risk getting fired If I didn’t actually speak with my boss I would probably tell the secretary and say I’ll call as soon as I know something.

  3. Don Osborne

    Dr K., I fail to understand what there is about AS that sucks certain people in.
    Her boss was prepared to murder for/over her, and she has this ‘cheer squad’ of supporters that is strong enough for a couple of them to go in to bat for her in court.
    To me, the only credible witness connected with the Sneiderman’s was Shayna Citron, simply because she was the only one that was concerned for the victim. She gave her evidence with the sort of believable emotion and bearing that was reflective of someone who had inadvertently found herself involved in a tragedy. Not so witness Parker who was obviously courtroom savvy, milking the jury for all she was worth,and who was later revealed to be a lawyer who had spoken to another witness during a break which she tried to feign ignorance of knowing that was unlawful. Her other ‘mate’, Stansbury, was prepared to go far enough as to say she ‘did not trust the police and absolutely not the DA’ in revealing what she knew about what AS had said after the shooting.
    As usual, the victim has been completely forgotten. I wonder, if he was still among us, what Rusty Sneiderman would have to say to his wife.

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