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Dunwoody community reacts to verdict

Relief expressed by many in Dunwoody

Dunwoody residents breathed a sigh of relief after the news that Hemy Neuman had been found guilty but mentally ill Thursday in the shooting death of Russell Sneiderman.

Connie Morelle, a Dunwoody resident, said she believes the verdict means that there will be justice for Sneiderman.

“I’m appalled that in this community you can execute a father at his son’s day care and be perceived to be insane.”

A little less than a year-and-a-half ago, 36-year-old father Sneiderman was gunned down at Dunwoody Prep, a city day care center, after he dropped off his son.

The prep school is located in the heart of the Dunwoody community in Dunwoody Village.

Morelle said that after the shooting the feeling in the community went back to normal.

“The general attitude was that this had to be someone outside of the community,” she said. “We don’t have the kind of community that has shootings.

"I don’t think it’s altered anyone’s perception of Dunwoody.”

John Bradenton was near Dunwoody Prep - the site of the shooting - Thursday. He said that he has followed the trial somewhat regularly and it made him feel bad for Sneiderman’s family and the man's children, who are now fatherless.

“It was just really senseless,” he said. “There was a crime committed and he was responsible for it.”

Lynn Deutsch, a Dunwoody City Councilwoman, said she didn’t want to talk about the case, other than to compliment local law enforcement.

Police identified the SUV Neuman rented before the slaying of Sneiderman. Dunwoody Police also questioned Neuman for hours before his arrest.

The police interviews with Neuman were key pieces of evidence in the trail, which concluded today after four weeks.

“Dunwoody did an outstanding job in the investigation,” Deutsch said.

Many in the Dunwoody community didn’t want to comment on the trial if they were going to be identified.

On woman who followed the trial said that she believed Neuman “snapped and made the wrong choice” after an affair with Andrea Sneiderman.

“He shot that man four times. It was heart wrenching. The children, the families the nieces and nephews, all have been affected,” she said. “The whole thing was so senseless. Nothing was accomplished.”

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