Day 5 in the Andrea Sneiderman trial continued with the direct testimony of Andrea’s former best friend, Shayna Citron, who continued to talk about Andrea and Rusty’s relationship, as well as how she first heard about Rusty’s death.
Below is a recap of the witness testimony from Day 5:
Shayna Citron Shayna continued testifying today about her knowledge of Andrea and Rusty’s marriage. Andrea confided in her that things with Rusty weren’t working out, and that they hadn’t had sex in a very long time. In October 2010, at an annual Halloween party that they always attended, Andrea and Rusty didn’t match costumes, which is something that they had done every year prior. She said that Andrea was happy and glowing that night while Rusty looked “wiped out” and not happy. Shayna said that on the morning of Rusty’s murder, Andrea called her and said that Rusty had been shot and that she was on her way to the hospital. This is crucial testimony because she is yet another person to testify that Andrea knew that Rusty had been shot before she had been told. Shayna said she immediately suspected Andrea’s boss.
After Shayna’s testimony, the State played a clip from Andrea’s prior testimony in Hemy’s trial, where she says that in December, she had strong suspicions that Hemy had committed the murder and that she had planned to meet with detectives on January 4 to let them know.
Dr. Bonita Greenberg Dr. Greenberg is Andrea’s mother. Andrea and her two kids live with her and her husband. Dr. Greenberg said she and Andrea were very close and Andrea told her that Hemy made advances toward her and that she was aware that Hemy had feelings for her. She testified that Andrea never seemed afraid of Hemy, and that she understood that Hemy was a good friend of Andrea’s. She said that both she and Andrea thought that it was “unfathomable” that Hemy would kill Andrea’s husband. She also said, however, that Andrea told her about giving Hemy’s name to police and that she had called Hemy to give him a heads up that she had done that.
David Sides David is the Deputy Chief of the Dunwoody Police Department. He met with Andrea on January 4, when Andrea gave him a list of people who might have had something to do with Rusty’s murder, based on the sketch of the suspect. Sides said there were six names on the list, and she gave him the list but didn’t go into any detail about any of them.
The State also played video clips of the interview Sides had with Andrea after Hemy had been arrested. In the interview, Andrea admits that she and Neuman had exchanged “inappropriate” emails and that they had traveled abroad together.
Today’s testimony was a little bit more damning, in my opinion, especially the fact that Andrea had testified in Hemy’s trial that she had gone to the police on January 4 and told them that Hemy did it, but when the meeting actually happened, the detective said she barely even mentioned him. Why would she have been trying to protect him? One would think you would want justice for your husband, especially if you “knew in your heart” who murdered him.
Testimony continues tomorrow.