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Hemy Neuman Trial - Widow Removed from Courtroom

Prosecutors said Andrea Sneiderman should not be in the courtroom, and they called witnesses to detail the day of her husband's killing.

Day four of testimony in the Hemy Neuman trial began with a startling development - the victim’s widow, Andrea Sneiderman, was banished from the courthouse unless she is called back to the stand to testify.

Both the prosecutor, Don Geary, and defense attorney, Doug Peters , wanted her out and said she was violating the judge’s order to avoid contact with other witnesses in the case.

Have you missed a day in the trial? Catch up on this week's testimony, including video.

They said that her actions in the courtroom and in the hallways could prejudice the jury. While sitting in the gallery, she has shaken her head from side to side and said "no," and "That's a lie" while witnesses were testifying. She hugged one witness in front of jurors and she reportedly accosted another witness in the hallway after some testimony declaring, "We're not friends any more." She also went into a witness room where some of her former co-workers were waiting to be called to testify.

Geary said he feared a mistrial and the judge granted the request.

Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman was gunned down in Nov. 2010 after dropping his 2-year-old son off at the daycare center in Dunwoody.

Much of the testimony Friday focused on whether Neuman acted odd or distressed at work or ever told anyone that he thought he was visited by demons or that an angel told him that he must kill. Neuman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and his lawyers have said he suffered from delusions.

The prosecution produced several witnesses to detail the day of the killing, including a security officer who testified about how GE security cameras and Neuman’s ID badge tracked his movements. He showed up for work about 5:30 a.m. on the day of the shooting, and left just before 6 a.m., hours before he would normally be there. And he returned just before lunch.

Others testified about the moments after the shooting. 

A chiropractor and his wife crossed paths with Neuman as they left the post office next door. He said he heard the shooting and saw a man slowly walking back to a van, wearing an obvious costume beard and carrying a silver pistol.

"I was waiting for someone to shout "Cut," like it was a movie," said Craig Kuhlmyer. who added that the gunman looked right at him.

"I will never forget that face," Kuhlmyer said.

Witness Craig Lang, who was in his truck in the parking lot, said he saw the final shots, with the bearded gunman standing over the prone body of Rusty Sneiderman. He said the gunman continue to fire. "I saw Hemy shoot Rusty Sneiderman," Lang said. "Point blank range is what I'd call it."

Kuhlmyer said he rushed to Sneiderman and found him with a weak pulse and gasping for air. "He was bleeding out," he said.

Dr. Terrence Gfoerer, a pediatrician whose office is nearby, was rushed to the scene by onlookers. He said he performed CPR on Sneiderman for about five minutes before ambulance workers took over. "In my opinion, he was dead before EMS arrived."

Other testimony focused on what Andrea Sneiderman was told and when. She has testified that no one told her that her husband was shot until she got to Atlanta Medical Center. And that seems to be backed up by witness testimony on Friday. The assistant director of the school said that she didn't tell Andrea anything about a shooting, only that there was a incident at the school, but her son, Ian, was fine. Police on the scene testified that they wouldn't let her see what was going on and remarked that she never asked how her husband was.

Other witnesses, including Rusty's father, Don Sneiderman, said that Andrea called to tell them that Rusty was shot while she was on the way to the daycare center. "She called and said that Rusty had been shot and that she was so, so sorry. And that she was going over to Dunwoody Prep to find out what happened," Donald Sneiderman testified.

Andrea Neuman hasn't been implicated in the crime. The attending emergency room doctor, Mark Waterman, testified that as far as he knew, he was the first one to tell Andrea that her husband was shot and killed.

He described her reaction as unusual, and said that instead of asking how or why this happened, she requested a child psychologist to break the news to her children. "I've never seen that reaction before," he said.

Much of the testimony has centered on whether the widow and the suspect had been having an affair with Neuman, who was her supervisor at GE. She has denied an affair and painted her former boss as a manipulator.

Prosecutors are portraying Neuman as a man who knew right from wrong, and who developed a calculated plan to get rid of a romantic rival.

Testimony on Wednesday revealed that Andrea Sneiderman received about $2 million in life insurance benefits after her husband’s death.

The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Monday. Come back to Patch for continuing coverage.

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Andrea DeLuca February 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Jane I believe they had no proof about her lying that would hold up in court. Her sworn testimony will. I feel the lawyers both sides are trying to have her incriminate herself under oath which they can then use against her. I would not be surprised if after this trial they bring her up on some charges and Hemy takes the stand against her for a leaner sentence. And to those skeptics out their I have never watches and CSI.
Kay February 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I think the DA and police are getting their "ducks in a row" as far as Mrs. Sneiderm.an is concerned. Hopefully when...not if....she is charged, it will be an airtight case against her. What I REALLY want to know....why would she EVER .....get up on the witness stand? She has brought all this on herself by being so arrogant, condescending, and disrespectful to the whole court system. WHY would HER attorney EVER allow her to get up there and open up a huge can of worms??? It seems she would have been advised to plead the fifth amendment. She would have looked less guilty if she had not opened her obnoxious mouth. She probably thought she was so much smarter than anyone else, that she could pull it off. If she lied about one thing....how can you believe anything she has said?? A liar is a liar is a liar......
Batyarachel February 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
From day 1 of this trial it was obviously that she was digging herself into a deep hole. I am now very suspicious of her in every way! She is far more manipulative than hemy-I am actually starting to feel sorry for him. She ruined his life, rustys life & her children's lives. Her due will come...
Kay February 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM
.....I am glad to hear someone else feels the same way. It sounds as though she orchestrated the whole thing. How did he know she would receive a huge insurance settlement had she not told him? It seems she baited him every way possible. For her to say.....if I weren't married I would be interested .....I am the beneficiary of a huge sum of life insurance....and to continue to lead Hemy on by wining, dining, trips, not to mention what else was going on between the sheets. By leading this man on....she is as guilty if not more so in my opinion. How in the world does AS sleep at night....and how does she feel about what she has done to her own children? Was it also reported she has not allowed Rusty's family to see the children? Maybe that side of the family will have custody when this is all over. We can only hope. I feel Hemy was played...like a deck of cards. What a pity for his family too.
Donna Skipper August 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM
GUILTY, she is ! How else do you explain that SHE knew Rusty was SHOT, before anyone told her? GUILTY!!

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