Prosecutors in the murder trial against Andrea Sneiderman recently advanced a theory in court that the mother of two young children manipulated Hemy Neuman to kill her husband so she could be with a third man.
Rusty Sneiderman was fatally shot in the parking lot of Dunwoody Prep Preschool in Nov. 2010.
Andrea Sneiderman was in court May 21 for re-arraignment on the new indictment,
Neuman, her boss, was convicted of first-degree murder last year. He was found “guilty but mentally ill” and sentenced to life in prison.
He was Sneiderman’s former supervisor at GE Energy, and she testified at his trial, during which prosecutors insisted they were lovers.
The state, however, recently announced a new addition to the state’s witness list in the case against Sneiderman:
Joseph Dell, who they allege was the defendant’s live-in boyfriend.
DeKalb Co. Chief Asst. District Attorney Don Geary said there is plenty of evidence that the wealthy widow had her husband Rusty shot to death, “not for Mr. Neuman to be with the defendant, but someone else,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lawyers for Sneiderman responded to the latest allegation as “an incredible fantasy,” but the DA’s theory is shared by the attorney representing the victim’s brother, Steve Sneiderman.
They filed a wrongful death civil suit against Andrea Sneiderman last year.
Sneiderman pleaded “not guilty” in Aug. to charges of malice murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, racketeering, insurance fraud, making false statements and perjury.
The latest motion seeks to compel Sneiderman to answer questions about her relationship with Dell in hopes of determining “whether (Dell) was the ultimate reason for manipulating Neuman to kill Rusty,” according to a motion filed in Fulton Co. Superior Court.
Attorney Esther Panitch, representing Steve Sneiderman in the civil trial, alleges a much deeper involvement. Panitch wrote in that filing that Dell separated from his wife, who was six months pregnant at the time, in June 2011.
Dell’s wife filed for divorce on Feb. 21, the same day Sneiderman testified in Neuman’s trial.
Sneiderman and Dell were, in fact, vacationing together at Lake Oconee in Aug. when she was arrested and charged with conspiring to kill her husband, Panitch reported.
The filing also references meetings between Dell and Sneiderman when she was being held in jail.
Dunwoody police chief Billy Grogan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last year that his investigators came to believe Sneiderman was lying about her relationship with Dell, an engineer.
Sneiderman is awaiting trial at her parents’ home under house arrest and a $500,000 bond.
Dell’s inclusion on the state’s witness list raises a potential conflict for Sneiderman, who is barred from interacting with anyone who may testify in her criminal trial.
The last court action was supposed to be routine, with Sneiderman seeking the judge’s approval to visit her husband’s grave on Nov. 18, the second anniversary of his death.
The defense eventually withdrew that request, attorney John Petrey said, due to excessive press coverage. “It was going to be a madhouse.”
Sneiderman is due back in court on June 18 for a motions hearing related to her new indictment. Her trial remains set for July 29.
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