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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