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, 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.”
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, 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, 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 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.