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Hemy Neuman Trial - Deadly Delusion?

In a surprise move, the judge sent the jury home for the day.

Day nine of testimony in the Hemy Neuman murder trial ended as quickly as it started.

Defense witness Dr. Adriana Flores, a forensic psychologist, had taken the stand, and the jury filed in. After a few pleasantries, and without explanation, Judge Gregory Adams dismissed the jury for the weekend and closed court for the day.

"Another matter has come up that requires the court’s attention," Adams said. "It has nothing to do with this trial. I don't want the jury to infer otherwise."

And then the judge rapped the gavel, dismissed the jury and left the courtroom.

Family members of both the defendant, Hemy Neuman, and of the victim, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman, were skeptical about the abrupt and unexpected delay.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James, who is prosecuting the case along with Prosecutor Don Geary, said that the judge should be taken at his word.

"All I know is what the judge said at the bench," James said after the courtroom cleared. "The judge said it's another matter. He didn't say what."

The only other brief bit of business the judge addressed from the bench this morning was a report from a juror that some jury members' faces were broadcast on TV. Adams didn't say which television program or newscast was involved. He just again reminded the pool camera operators about his order that the jurors faces shall not be filmed.

A producer for In Session, which is operating the pool camera that sends out the video feed used by other news outlets, said that she's not authorized to make an official comment. But she said, "We don't know what this is about, but if a juror was on TV, it wasn't from any of our cameras. It must have been outside."

A row of camera trucks for local and national news outlets have been stationed just outside the courtroom every day of the trial.

The Judge made no official ruling in regards to news coverage, other than to remind the pool camera operator of his standing order.

The trial is expected to resume on Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Flores is expected to continue her testimony for the defense Monday.

On Thursday, Flores began laying out her argument that Neuman was insane when he gunned down Sneiderman outside of a Dunwoody day care center on Nov. 18, 2010 homicide.

Neuman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Flores told jurors that Neuman suffered from delusions and believed he was visited by apparitions who told him that he must slay Rusty Sneiderman to protect his children. She said he was also affected by an on-again, off-again affair with the victim’s widow, Andrea Sneiderman, who reported to Neuman at GE.

The prosecution is expected to argue that Neuman is faking his symptoms to escape a prison term.

Lawyers have not released their witness lists and it is not known if the defense will call Neuman to the stand.

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Jane Stewart March 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Of course Hemy Neuman won't testify. He doesn't have to. In a brilliant move, his defense attorneys have been able to slip in his 'testimony' about his terrible childhood and his supposed 'demons' through the doctor who testified yesterday. In all her ramblings, all I actually heard from Dr. Flores was a retelling of the stories told to her by Neuman. Stories told to her after the murder. There are NO doctors testifying that they had met with Neuman in any year prior to the murder or at any time in his life. As far as I'm concerned, everything this doctor presented was 'hearsay'. Score one for the defense though. They were able to get Hemy's 'stories' told to the jury -- without Hemy having to testify!
Jane Doe March 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
An extremely narcissistic defendant will take the stand. However, I don't believe Hemy is that narcissistic. The psychologist is reporting Hemy's state of mind, which is an exception to the Hearsay Rule. She reported he has narcissistic traits but does not have the narcissistic disorder per se. The prosecution will want to bring out what he told her too when cross is done.
What goes around comes around March 02, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Has HN ever in his entire life received any therapy, meds, or diagnosis for his purported mental condition? One who is psychotic can "snap" without previous indication of a mental condition, but how likely IS it that HN, or anyone around him, had no idea that he was suffering from a condition for which he should have been receiving treatment?
What goes around comes around March 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Forgot to end with "unless someone can enlighten me, I'm callin' BS on this BS".
Jamal Ahmed March 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This case is pure affair relationship blaming it on the hollacust , abusive father , and demons. In the mean time there is a crime was done that is resulted in killing an innocent man , and someone has to pay for it. I think Hemy and Andrea both resonsible for this to happen directly or indirecty for the sad outcome.
Sanna March 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
YOU ARE CORRECT!! Still, isn't it SAD if our justice system (juries) are convinced by that????
Sanna March 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
No, HN just found out now, after R gunned down!!! Please convince me if I am wrong with history of doctor visits, intervention programs, medication, ......after all HN is very smart to take care himself and get what he wants, right? Like getting better from "delusion" affliction....right?
es March 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
i cant believe there are actually a psychologist and psychiatrist who thinks he was insane.

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