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Report: Dunwoody PD Didn't Suspect Andrea Sneiderman as a Suspect in Investigation

Sneiderman was not "seriously" considered a suspect in the early days of the investigation, police say.

Police Chief Billy Grogam was asked a blunt question by Channel 2 News. Did he ever suspect Andrea Sneiderman killed her husband in the beginning of the investigation?

The answer? "Not seriously, no,' Grogan said in the report.

Some family members, including, Steve Sneiderman, the murdered husband's brother, questioned the lack of connecting two seemingly related events, according to the report.

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The family implored Dunwoody PD to investigate Andrea Sneiderman, according to the report. The department did little at the start to investigate the widow, according to the report.

According to the report, Sneiderman was shielded from Duwnoody PD in answering questions about the killing. Text messages that could have been involved in the case where also not retrieved because of a time lag in obtaining them.

In many cases of spousal abuse or murder, the prime suspect is often the spouse.

Sneiderman was arrested last week in connection with her husband's death. She is being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting a August 21 bond hearing.

Rob August 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Let`s face it, the Dunwoody police are a good department, but not great, regardless of what those with an elitist attitude think. As soon as the murder occurred, Dekalb county took it away from them as fast as possible. There were even Dekalb police stationed outside the daycare the day after the shooting. One thing that is very alarming about DPD is their lack of (or nonexistence) of traffic enforcement in our city. You NEVER see them assisting with traffic at the local schools, something that just about every other department around does offer to the kids. I even read where the chief remarked about a year ago that traffic enforcement was not their job? Really? Now the chief wants to not answer home alarm calls if the homeowner has an outstanding fine? The city would be sued out of existence if that were imposed. Our young, inexperienced city has a lot of growing to do, and it will over time.
Rees Chapman August 15, 2012 at 10:03 AM
If the DA had been reading the blogs (particularly here on Patch - even 10 months before the trial), he'd have known that a great many people suspected Andrea played a major role in her husbands death. Here's one from May 2011: http://dunwoody.patch.com/articles/dunwoody-prep-shooting-new-documents-allege-affair
Enuff Govt Already August 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Instead of spending Dunwoody's time and money in the affairs of Brookhaven; the chief should have been spending Dunwoody's time and money in reviewing and supervising this investigation, the other murders and the 911 debacle.
Milton Friedman August 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Rob - you need to sign up for the City of Dunwoody government 101 class. Unfortunately, our schools are DeKalb County schools and thus only County police can provide traffic control. So, when the DPD chief commented that it wasn't their job that's what he was referring to. I would love to see the State provide for more cities to be able to control their schools. Quality of life in Dunwoody would change significantly for the better.
DunwoodyWorkingMan August 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Milton, We have an IGA with Dekalb, and we CAN do traffic control around the schools. The chief and his lieutenants feel traffic control is below the, And they push that attitude down the command chain. Even at accidents they elect to sit in their cars instead of directing traffic. They rather shoot radar three blocks from Dun Elem than assist with traffic flow. NO MORE MONEY FOR POLICE UNTIL THEY DO TRAFFIC AT SCHOOLS!
DunwoodyWorkingMan August 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Milton, The Government 101 course description was released today: 1. Hire people from outside Dunwoody, then ask them to move here after hiring. 2. Listen to Joe S always, and put in bike lanes regardless of costs, even before sidewalks 3. Ignore any and all city committees and do what you want 4. Ignore sign rules for the Learning Center, Urgent Care, Walgreens, CVS, and other chains, but hit the small business owners hard because they don't have legal teams to back them 5. Do everything the PCID tells you to do, regardless of future impact of homeowners and schools. 6. Don't impose impact fees that would restrict High Street (10,000 apartments and condos coming soon, adding more crowds to middle school and DES), because the PCID told you not to impose impact fees 7. Do anything suggested by anyone named Bill 8. Let city manager make the rules, change the rules, and dictate policy 9. Don't question city manager or police chief because they know everything. 10. Raise city manager's salary and spending limit 10% every year, regardless of economy and performance 11. Sign up for Government 201 and learn how to build a Mixed Use Work Force Housing Development while destroying a city.
Jane Stewart August 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Why would they possibly suspect a nice, white, Harvard, Dunwoody housewife? Nice job Barney.
Paula August 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Here's are my thoughts, FWIW...There has been a tremendous amount of public pressure on James/Geary to bring charges against Mrs. Sneiderman. I don't think DA James has enough evidence to convict Mrs. Sneiderman so he is proactively creating a scapegoat - the Dunwoody Police Dept. Go back and look at all the news footage of the day of the shooting - there were DeKalb police cars all around Dunwoody Prep. They were there from the beginning.
chloe simmons August 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I agree with you paula. sure hope andrea has a good defense, hope she's acquitted. one thing I've always wondered is if andrea was the master mine how come hemy never threw her under the bus for a better deal?
lastminutemom August 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I disagree Paula. James has always said he wouldn't bring anyone to trial without enough evidence. Chloe, Hemy was still clearly enamored of Andrea, plus he was pleading insane, so he couldn't have been part of a conspiracy and still have that argument hold up. There wasn't much of a chance, even he if wanted to deal, that he would get much less of a sentence then he got.
Rob August 16, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Sorry, Milton, Jimmie, Emily, Mr. Hollander, D-Workingman, Bob Turner, and a dozen more fictitious names.. spammers comments are not valid.
Paula August 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I have no idea whether Mrs. Sneiderman was involved in her husband's death - that is for the DA to prove, or not - without coming up with scapegoats before the trial has even started. However, another point to consider: One of Mrs. Sneiderman's attorneys is former DeKalb DA extraordinare, J. Tom Morgan - and Mr. Morgan is always on top of his game. Mr. Morgan hired DA James, he trained DA James, he knows DA James and DA James knows this.
Enuff Govt Already August 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Why do you believe there is pressure on the DA? Because the DPD didn't investigate the wife? No prosecutor can guarantee a conviction and no prosecutor manufactors a "scapegoat". If the DA felt his case was un-provable then the case would not be presented to a grand jury. Not presenting a case would then be the perfect opportunity to scapegoat someone. There is no footage of DeKalb Police cars at Dunwoody Prep on the day of the shooting because they were not there and they were not involved in this case. A murderer almost walked because of the DPD's lack of a thorough investigation. The chief should of been dealing with Dunwoody matters instead of concerning himself with Brookhaven's affairs.
Rob August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Let`s visit another place where the DPD botched an investigation - The Ann Bartlett death due to her home catching on fire in February 2010. If you remember, Dekalb fire answered a 911 call to her home only to find no fire in the area. After establishing there was no fire, the units returned to their stations. Several hours later the home was found to indeed be on fire and Dekalb returned to the scene, but too late to save Ms. Bartlett. The question here that was never addressed is: It is up to the local police to track down a 911 call, not the fire department! Dunwoody police units also left the scene after the first 911 call, WITHOUT investigating where the call originated from or who placed it. Chief Grogan may be joining Brian Anderson soon in the ranks of the unemployed!
HamBurger August 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
MMAD, just curious, what were the SSPD doing at the crime scene? Do they provide special or auxiliary services that DPD may not have in house such as a crime scene unit or possibly an additional detective specializing in murders? I have to tell you, when the news first broke about this case I thought it very odd. In the following days there were things that I did not hear in the subsequent news reports led me to believe this would be a troubled case. There appears to be investigation missteps as there were in the Jorelys Rivera case. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Paula August 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Well, I'm not going to argue further about the role of the DeKalb/Dunwoody police - I am not going to throw stones at any police force - they are too important for our safety. However, I will fault DA James. He, himself, made it harder to get a conviction for Mrs. Sneiderman. His job was easy in the Hemy Neumann trial. Hemy Neumann had already confessed, so DA James had to prove nothing. All he had to do was convince the jury that Hemy was sane and knew what he was doing. Despite all of James' histronics and book slamming, the jury found Hemy "mentally ill"?. Is DA James going to put a mentally ill individual on the stand to testify against Mrs. Sneiderman? Again, I assert that DA James, by proactively blaming the DPD for a possible lack of conviction, is trying to prepare for losing this case and not having to accept his own failure in the Hemy Neumann trial.
Enuff Govt Already August 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
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What goes around comes around August 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
If it makes you feel better Rob, you can call me an elitist, because I have more evidence that they ARE great, than you do that they're not. By the time Dekalb County took the case over, DPD had hundreds of boxes of evidence and the killer in custody. I see complaints about the traffic enforcement, so do people want it or not want it? Make up your minds. The County is responsible for traffic around the schools, yet DPD is out there all the time. What are parents doing to help? Your kids should be walking or taking the bus. THAT would help traffic congestion more than anything else. Do you want to keep paying for people and alarm companies who won't take responsibility for their ineffective alarms?? 3 strikes per year, then you better start paying me back. OR you could make sure it's working properly. All that wah-wah-wah and you think I buy your attempt at a positive attitude at the end? Really?
What goes around comes around August 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM
"I don't think..." ?? So maybe you should cut back to singles. The DPD has a CSI, and I saw her on the scene in the television coverage.
Fromno August 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sounds like "Paula" is more concerned with enjoying the possible failure of DA James instead of whether or not a person may have been involved in a murder. I agree with her regarding the fact that the police forces are important to our safety...duh...Paula...so is the District Attorney's Office. Sounds like you want Andrea to walk either way. Let the citizens of DeKalb decide if Andrea is innocent or guilty...you can find another reason to hate on Mr. James...I'm sure you'll come up with something, you seem pretty determined.
Jason Massad August 20, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Enuff Government, that's not true. I have photos of police cruisers at Dunwoody Prep the day of the shooting. And why would a police force not investigate a slaying in their town? I don't get it.
HamBurger August 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Critics: Dunwoody police took kid-gloves approach to Andrea Sneiderman http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/critics-dunwoody-police-took-1502222.html
Rob August 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Interesting Patch posted a picture of Grogan not wearing a uniform. Prediction of things to come?
DunwoodyWorkingMan August 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Jason, Upload a photo showing DeKalb cop cars at the scene from that morning please. I don't recall them being there - just Sandy Springs and Dunwoody
DunwoodyWorkingMan August 20, 2012 at 05:29 PM
jason or Paula, anyone have a pic of DeKalb officers working the crime scene?
Brent August 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
http://www.wsbtv.com/gallery/news/local/dunwoody-day-care-murder-timeline/gRQJ/#1185969
Brent August 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It shows DPD only. Posted a reference, so that people could limit their guessing.

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