Rusty Sneiderman’s father took the stand again today as the trial of Andrea Sneiderman continued. In addition to four witnesses called to the stand by the State, Andrea’s police interviews were played for the jury, in which she says that Hemy Neuman had expressed affection for her and claimed that she never reciprocated. Video surveillance of when Andrea first arrived at the scene of Rusty’s murder was also played.
Below is a recap of the day.
Don Sniederman Rusty’s father took the stand again today under cross-examination from Andrea’s attorneys, talking about his relationship with Andrea and his grandchildren after Rusty’s murder. Don admitted that he is intervening in a civil suit against Andrea in which he is the contingent beneficiary of Rusty’s life insurance policy. He wants to make sure that Rusty’s money goes to the grandchildren and not to Andrea. Andrea’s attorney also went over the timeline again with him the day of Rusty’s murder, seemingly trying to point out discrepancies in this testimony, but not to much avail (in my opinion). Don made it a point to say that he suspected Andrea had something to do with the murder once he found out that everything pointed to the fact that she had a relationship with the killer.
Alan Schachtely Alan worked with Andrea and Hemy as a Process Improvement Engineer for GE. Andrea texted him at approximately 10:30 on the morning of Rusty’s murder, telling him that her husband had been shot. He had then texted Rusty to tell him and Rusty already knew about the murder.
Jesus Maldonado Jesus works in the Dunwoody undercover unit as a police officer. He was at the scene of the shooting on the morning Rusty was killed. He saw Andrea drive up, stop her car, and then run towards the scene. He ran over to her to try and get her to calm down. He said she was crying and kept collapsing, asking what had happened. Jesus said he never told her that her husband had been shot.
Andrew Thompson Andrew is a police detective at the Dunwoody Police Department. He was the lead investigator for Rusty’s murder. He was there when Andrea first arrived at the crime scene and he confirmed that she was screaming and crying. He interviewed 3 other people who had witnessed the shooting and he showed the sketch of the perpetrator that witnesses saw to Andrea, who said she did not recognize him. Andrew stated that he had search warrants drawn up for Rusty’s car as well as the Sneiderman home, but when he first arrived at the home, Andrea’s father would not let him in. Later, Andrea gave him a list of possible suspects and Hemy’s name was on it. When he asked her if there was anyone who would possibly try to break up her home, she mentioned Hemy again. During Andrew’s testimony, the State played the video of Andrea’s interview with Andrew, in which she tells Andrew that she will show him whatever he needs from her but that he is “barking up the wrong tree.” She claimed that Hemy had expressed interest in her but that she had never reciprocated. As a result, Andrew didn’t consider Hemy to be a top suspect.
Court will continue again tomorrow.
My thoughts – if Andrea was innocent, why in the world would she try to mislead the investigation by not being truthful about her relationship with Hemy? Whether you believe there was a full-blown affair or not, there was definitely more than just “interest,” as evidenced by the emails that were read in court yesterday. If you knew that someone was more than interested in you, and your husband was just killed, wouldn’t you tell police to investigate that person, just in case?
Overall, I think this was another good day for the Prosecution, but I have yet to see any type of smoking gun.