Openings arguments got underway this morning in the Andrea Sneiderman trial. The Prosecution tried to drill it home to the jury that Andrea said something to her father-in-law about Rusty’s cause of death that only his killer could have known. The Defense countered that theory in their opening argument, saying that Rusty’s father must have been mistaken when he testified that Andrea told him Rusty had been shot. Neither argument was really compelling in my opinion, but the State’s first few witnesses started to paint a portrait of Andrea as a liar, even playing parts of Andrea’s prior testimony in Hemy Neuman’s trial last year.
The State called a bartender from Greenville, South Carolina, who had seen Hemy and Andrea dirty dancing on the bar’s dance floor during their alleged “business trip,” something that Andrea had denied in her prior testimony from Hemy’s trial last year.
Andrea is being charged with seven charges of perjury, four charges of making false statements, and one count each of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing a material fact in connection with the death of her husband. The maximum sentences for each count range from five to 10 years in prison.