Jury selection begins for lesser charges in Dunwoody day care killing
by Kate Brumback, Associated Press
July 30, 2013 12:24 AM | 891 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DECATUR — Lawyers for both sides asked potential jurors about their knowledge of the case and their ability to be objective as they worked Monday to whittle down the pool of prospective jurors for the trial of Andrea Sneiderman.

Sneiderman was arrested about a year ago after prosecutors accused her of arranging for her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, to be killed.

But DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James on Friday asked the judge to dismiss felony murder, malice murder and aggravated assault charges against Andrea Sneiderman. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams on Monday signed an order dropping those charges.

Andrea Sneiderman, 37, still faces lesser charges, including lying to police, lying under oath and hindering an investigation. Her husband was gunned down in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool shortly after dropping off the couple’s then 2-year-old son. Andrea Sneiderman’s former boss, Hemy Neuman, was convicted in the killing but found mentally ill in March 2012.

Sneiderman has pleaded not guilty.

Lawyers for both sides asked potential jurors about their knowledge of the high-profile case and whether they had any opinions about it or about Sneiderman’s guilt or innocence. They also asked about the jurors’ interactions with law enforcement, the judicial system and divorce proceedings. Jury selection was expected to last several days.

Prosecutors have said Neuman and Sneiderman, both of whom were married at the time, were having an extramarital affair. Sneiderman has consistently denied any romantic involvement with Neuman.

During Neuman’s monthlong trial in 2012, the focus was often on Andrea Sneiderman.

She was grilled by lawyers on both sides and responded with occasional hostility and emotion to questions from both sets of lawyers.

The trial included days of testimony on Andrea Sneiderman’s actions before and after her husband’s killing and whether she knew details of her husband’s death before she was told.

Phone records presented at trial showed she and Neuman exchanged three phone calls on the eve of her husband’s death and that she called him six more times on the way to the hospital. She testified that she didn’t know her husband had been shot until she reached the hospital about an hour after the shooting. But her father-in-law and a close friend testified that during calls on the way to the hospital, she told them he had been shot.

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July 30, 2013
First it was Zimmerman, next it was Sneiderman, how much longer till the local yocal ladder climber wannabees in our parts admit they have no case for the alleged court house bomb threat phone call and set that Starlight guy free?

Marietta needs him in his restaurant, not in an orange jumpsuit. Quit playing games like the Sneiderman and Zimmerman DAs! How long should somebody sit and rot in prison before trial for (allegedly) making an immature phone call?

If our courthouse is so poorly secured that a phone is all it takes to shut it down, then my opinion is that our government officials and their "whites only" contractors are the ones who need to be imprisoned for defrauding all of us taxpayers! Perhaps we should have had Mexicans on the job after all, except our other DA is trying to climb that ladder.

We paid for a secure courthouse but instead I feel like we got what you get when you shower in prison with the men (not "guys," as they definitely don't have "low-T"... they're MEN) who don't bother waiting for you to drop the soap!
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