Jury selection for Andrea Sneiderman’s trial begins on July 29th. According to her indictment, she is facing 16 charges, including malice murder, felony murder, multiple perjury charges and making false statements to law enforcement.
Ms. Sneiderman’s husband, Rusty, was dropping off their two-year-old at a Georgia day care center when he was shot multiple times by a bearded man in a hoodie, who we now know was Hemy Neuman. Hemy Neuman, an engineer and supervisor at General Electric, was Andrea Sneiderman’s boss.
Mr. Neuman was tried and convicted of the murder of Rusty Sneiderman. He was found guilty but mentally ill which means that he will receive mental health treatment while in prison. He was sentenced to life without parole for malice murder, plus five years of incarceration on a second charge that will run consecutively.
While Andrea Sneiderman did not physically shoot Rusty, many believe that she orchestrated the murder and was thus a “co-conspirator.”
“The gun in this case was in Hemy’s hand. But the trigger, I respectfully suggest, was pulled by Andrea Sneiderman,” said defense attorney Doug Peters during closing arguments in Mr. Neuman’s trial.
Georgia prosecutors have also filed a separate action in civil court regarding the approximately $2.5 million in life insurance money that Ms. Sneiderman received upon the death of her husband.
Prosecutors have referred to Ms. Sneiderman as a “black widow.” In the closing arguments of Mr. Neuman’s trial, District Attorney Robert James said this about Ms. Sneiderman:
“This case is about one bad, really bad woman: Andrea Sneiderman. Adulterer. Tease. Calculator. Liar. And master manipulator,” said Peters. “I respectfully suggest to you that following this trial that Webster’s dictionary should be changed and from this day forward, anyone who looks up the definition of evil will see nothing more than a photograph of Andrea Sneiderman.”
Shayna Citron, a friend of Rusty and Andrea Sneiderman, testified that Ms. Sneiderman knew that her husband had been shot before she arrived at the hospital and was informed by medical officials.
Don Sneiderman, Rusty’s father, also testified that Ms. Sneiderman knew of his death before she arrived at the hospital.
Andrea originally said that she learned her husband had been shot after arriving at the hospital at 11:00 a.m. Don Sneiderman testified that at about 9:30 in the morning, Andrea called them and said that Rusty had been shot and that she was “so, so sorry.”
If prosecutors can show that she knew about the death of her husband before she was told by officials, it would be damning evidence of a murder co-conspiracy.
The Alleged Affair
There is evidence to suggest that Mr. Neuman and Ms. Sneiderman were having an affair. Shayna Citron testified about the affair. So too did a bartender who saw them making out and groping each other at a nightclub during a business trip.
When Ms. Sneiderman testified in Neuman’s trial, she was asked directly by the prosecutor about her relationship with Mr. Neuman and the emails she sent him, including one in which she mentioned the “betrayal” to her family.
That “betrayal,” Ms. Sneiderman said, referred to her holding hands with Mr. Neuman after he first professed his love for her.
Ms. Sneiderman contended that she had “no choice” but to tolerate the unwanted advances from her supervisor, for the sake of her job and career. She claimed that she tried to shy away from Mr. Neuman when possible. Challenging her claim, the prosecutor asked: “Going to a castle [together], is that your definition of shying away?
Ms. Sneiderman replied, “it is.”
Phone records show that Andrea Sneiderman had 1426 contacts with Hemy Neuman in the months leading up to the murder.
Ms. Sneiderman erased cell phone logs that show phone calls and texts between her and Mr. Neuman on the day of her husband’s killing. Despite trying to delete all of the messages, there were still some left on Ms. Sneiderman’s BlackBerry.
Ariela Neuman, Hemy Neuman’s wife, filed for separation from her husband. She claims that Hemy and Andrea Sneiderman were having an affair. Ariela’s lawyer has said that Ms. Sneiderman and Mr. Newman continued to communicate even after Rusty’s death.
Ariela doesn’t believe her husband’s claims of insanity. “I don’t believe he’s insane. He was never, ever insane, he just wants his way and nothing will stop him. He had everything and he blew it up,” said Ariela, “I built a wonderful life with him and we have three wonderful kids. I built him to what he was. She [Andrea Sneiderman] destroyed him in the second.”
During Mr. Neuman’s murder trial, Ms. Sneiderman was banned from the courtroom after hugging and kissing one of the witnesses, her close friend of 10 years, Shayna Citron, after she alleged that Sneiderman may have been having an affair with Mr. Neuman. Had she not been banned, legal analysts believe that she could have been charged with tampering with a witness or held in contempt of court.
At one point after the bizarre display of affection, Ms. Citron said that she was frightened of Ms. Sneiderman.
Latest Theory As To Why Andrea Sneiderman Wanted Rusty Dead
Prosecutors and a lawyer representing Rusty’s family in a civil lawsuit said that Andrea manipulated Hemy into killing her husband so that she could be with a man named Joseph Dell.
Joseph Dell was recorded on a jail phone call professing his love for Andrea. Prosecutors documented 58 calls between Andrea and Joseph during her three weeks of incarceration.
Joseph Dell separated from his pregnant wife and began a close relationship with Andrea Sneiderman approximately 6 1/2 months after Rusty was killed. He admitted that he’s a close friend and supporter of Andrea but some suspect that they are more than friends.
Andrea Sneiderman Has Large Group of Supporters
Not everyone believes that Andrea is guilty. Richard Schlesinger of 48 Hours spoke to friends and family of the Sneiderman’s. Those who knew the couple had nothing but positive things to say.
“…They are a wonderful couple, great parents… showed kindness to each other… never a cross word, there was just a sense of love between the two of them. They loved each other. It was very clear that they loved each other and they loved their children.”
Were there any signs of trouble, asked Richard Schlesinger. “None, none.”
He also wondered if the friends and family thought that Andrea was having an affair.
“No, I know she wasn’t having an affair.”
Despite evidence of an affair, her supporters don’t believe it.
They feel as though she has been “defamed by the media” and felt that it was important to speak out in support of Andrea.
“How many people who conspire to murder their husband have a support system like this?…How many people can say they have the support of a large, large group of friends, and not just her friends but Rusty’s friends?”
It’s possible that Andrea is guilty of an affair but not guilty of murder. It largely depends on how much Hemy Neuman will factor into her trial and how unstable the jury believes he is. Was he so delusional that did not know right from wrong? Did he act on his own when he killed Rusty Sneiderman and Andrea is indeed a victim?
Those questions, and many others, will hopefully be answered in the upcoming trial.