Jury selection begins today in the much-anticipated trial of Andrea Sneiderman, just a few days after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge against her.
Andrea had been accused of conspiring with her boss, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, outside of a suburban Atlanta daycare center in November 2010. Hemy was found guilty and is currently serving a life sentence for the killing. Andrea testified in Hemy’s trial against him last year, saying that she had no involvement in the plot to kill her husband, and denied any affair between her and her boss. During the trial, the State called many witnesses who claimed Andrea was, in fact, having an affair with Hemy, and shortly after the trial ended, police arrested Andrea on a murder charge.
On Friday, however, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James told Judge Gregory Adams that after reviewing the evidence, he is no longer sure he can prove Sneiderman’s guilt of the murder charge, and the charge was officially dropped.
Andrea will still go to trial on 13 lesser charges – four counts of perjury, seven counts of making false statements, one count of hindering apprehension of a criminal and one count of concealment of material fact. All of those charges can carry a sentence of up to five to ten years each.
11 Alive News has a good video of Andrea’s testimony during Hemy’s trial. It’s a good but frustrating watch. She gets pretty combative and snarky at times, and if she is in fact guilty of conspiring to murder her husband, it’s pretty frustrating that she’s going to get away with it.