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Andrea Sneiderman allowed bond under conditions

6:53 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- Andrea Sneiderman appeared in a DeKalb County courtroom for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Gregory Adams, who presided over Hemy Neuman's trial, granted her $500,000 bond. She will be under house arrest in her parents' house until her arraignment on Sept. 6.

Read our live blog of the hearing here.

4:27 p.m. -- Sneiderman will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

4:25 p.m. -- Adams clarifies that Sneiderman can have contact with her children and parents; although her rabbi (Hirsch Minkowicz) may be a witness in her trial, she may also contact him because he is a spiritual adviser.

4:23 p.m. -- Adams sets Sneiderman's bond for $500,000. He requires her to pay $250,000 of it in cash. She must also have no contact with witnesses and must surrender her passport. She must live with her parents under house arrest until her trial and must wear an ankle monitor.

4:20 p.m. -- Sneiderman returns to the courtroom.


3:49 p.m. -- Judge Adams calls for a break.

3:40 p.m. -- "She's had a preview of what's coming. She saw what happened, she saw what a jury did and she saw what the sentence was," Geary says of Sneiderman. "The second phase is starting. She's got the incentive."

3:36 p.m. -- "Everything she has done up to this point has screamed that ... she's going to do what she wants to do, irrespective of what you say," Geary says of Sneiderman. "We beg the court for no bond." He also says that Rusty Sneiderman's brother and family hope Sneiderman is not granted bond, and he wants Adams to confiscate the defendant's passport and her children's passports.

3:34 p.m. -- Geary cites Adams' banning of Sneiderman from the courtroom as proof that she can't follow instructions. "What's the reason to think she's going to follow them now?" he asks.

3:32 p.m. -- "Her motive to run is to the extreme," Geary says of Sneiderman. "She is Neuman's co-defendant, co-conspirator in the murder of Rusty Sneiderman. The ante is up. She has the incentive to run at this time." He also says the state believes Sneiderman will take her children with her if she tries to run.

3:31 p.m. -- The defense rests. Don Geary approaches to give the state's closing argument.

3:29 p.m. -- Clegg asks Adams for a $250,000 bond.

3:28 p.m. -- "We are going to go to trial in this case. Make no mistake. Andrea Sneiderman is pleading to nothing," Clegg says. He calls this a "circumstantial case" and says Sneiderman is "going nowhere" before the inevitable trial.

3:27 p.m. -- Clegg says the state failed to prove that Sneiderman is a threat to any witnesses in this case, including Shayna Citron.

3:23 p.m. -- Closing arguments begin. Defense attorney Thomas Clegg says he believes the defense has demonstrated many reasons why Sneiderman should be granted bond.

3:22 p.m. -- After the state objects, the defense releases Keilin. There are no more witnesses.

3:19 p.m. -- Powers is released. The defense calls Candice Keilin, whose husband was a childhood friend of Rusty Sneiderman, to the stand.

3:18 p.m. -- Powers says Sneiderman was not aggressive while ending her friendship with Citron; instead, her demeanor was "loving" and "kind."

3:15 p.m. -- Powers says she left the courtroom to find Sneiderman after the latter left with Citron. She says she witnessed Sneiderman and Citron sitting on a bench outside the courtroom and heard Sneiderman say, "I need people around me who trust me and believe in me, and you don't believe in me, so we can't be friends. This is something I need to do because I need friends around me."

3:13 p.m. -- Powers says she heard Herb Greenberg tell Sneiderman to give Shayna Citron a hug after Citron testified during Neuman's trial.

3:11 p.m. -- The defense calls Joanne Powers back to the stand.

3:10 p.m. -- The defense approaches. Abt says he was texting Citron's husband during the confrontation between his client and Andrea Sneiderman. Abt is released; the state has no further witnesses.

3:09 p.m. -- District Attorney James approaches. Abt reinforces his opinion that Sneiderman was "threatening" toward Citron outside the courtroom.

3:04 p.m. -- Abt says he does not know of any contact between Sneiderman and Citron since the friendship ended.

2:58 p.m. -- The defense approaches. Abt says he did not hear what Sneiderman said to Citron as she hugged and kissed her in the courtroom, and describes that behavior as "fairly in opposite" to the behavior she displayed outside the courtroom.

2:56 p.m. -- Abt says once outside the courtroom after Citron's testimony, Sneiderman ended her friendship with Citron and said "you're going to have to live with what I'm going to do to you" to Citron. He describes Sneiderman's personality change as "a 180 degree difference" as soon as she was outside the courtroom.

2:55 p.m. -- Abt says that Don Geary tried to escort Citron from the courtroom after she testified during Neuman's trial. At that point, Sneiderman stuck her finger in Geary's face and said, "No, now it's MY turn to talk to her," according to Abt.

2:50 p.m. -- The hearing resumes with the state calling Eliot Jay Abt, Shayna Citron's attorney, to the stand. Citron is the friend Sneiderman hugged during Neuman's trial; the hug subsequently got her banned from the entire courthouse.

2:45 p.m. -- Minkowicz is released. Judge Adams calls for a brief break.

2:44 p.m. -- Geary approaches. He asks Minkowicz about Sneiderman's plans to take a trip to Italy. Minkowicz says he heard Sneiderman talking about a possible trip, but knows she didn't end up taking it.

2:41 p.m. -- Minkowicz says Sneiderman's sister-in-law called him on the day Rusty was killed and asked him to speak to the Sneiderman children about their father's death; that's how he met Andrea Sneiderman.

2:38 p.m. -- The defense asks that Powers remain under her subpoena. They call Hirsch Minkowicz, Sneiderman's rabbi, to the stand.

2:37 p.m. -- Powers says she does not believe Sneiderman would ever try to flee or to intimidate a witness. Geary approaches and asks if knowledge that Sneiderman threatened a witness would change her opinion. Powers admits she would have to see proof, but says it may change her opinion.

2:35 p.m. -- Powers describes Sneiderman as "the best mother ever," saying she is very loving and calm with her children.

2:31 p.m. -- Stansbury is released. The defense calls Joanne Powers, who met Rusty and Andrea Sneiderman through mutual friends, to the stand.

2:30 p.m. -- Stansbury says she was present when Sneiderman was arrested, and her (Stansbury's) young son saw the SWAT team arriving at the lake house. She says Sneiderman did not try to resist the arrest.

2:29 p.m. -- Stansbury describes Sneiderman's children as "her highest priorities."

2:27 p.m. -- Parker is released. The defense calls Elizabeth Stansbury, whose child attended Dunwoody Prep, to the stand. (Rusty Sneiderman was shot and killed outside the Dunwoody Prep daycare center.)

2:26 p.m. -- "Oh gosh, no!" Parker says when asked if she believed Sneiderman would ever abandon her children if granted bond.

2:24 p.m. -- Carisch is released. The defense calls Tammi Parker, whose husband used to work with Rusty, to the stand. Parker says she was very close to both Sneidermans.

2:23 p.m. -- Carisch says she suggested Sneiderman move to Chattanooga if she felt the need to escape the Atlanta area after her husband's death. She also says she does not get the impression Sneiderman would try to flee.

2:21 p.m. -- Lipman is released. The defense calls Tracey Carisch, a college friend of the Sneidermans and one of the defendant's sorority sisters, to the stand.

2:20 p.m. -- Lipman echos her father-in-law, saying she believes Sneiderman would never try to run, commit a crime or influence any witnesses. She says Sneiderman talked about taking a trip to Italy, but ultimately did not go.

2:17 p.m. -- Lipman says she's been in touch with Sneiderman roughly three times a week since Rusty's death. She says Sneiderman knew of the possibility that she would be arrested, and they discussed it many times. Still, she says there is no chance Sneiderman would try to flee.

2:14 p.m. -- Lipman is released. The defense calls Andrea Lipman, the former witness's daughter-in-law, to the stand. Lipman says she and husband Andrew became very close "couple friends" with Rusty and Andrea Sneiderman after meeting at a party.

2:12 p.m. -- Geary approaches. He asks Lipman about his helping Sneiderman with her finances after Rusty's death. Lipman says he is a trustee of the estate.

2:10 p.m. -- Lipman describes Sneiderman as committed to her community, family and friends. He says she is "a thoughtful, committed, engaging person. Her children are here. Her parents are here. She is committed to remaining here." He says there is "zero chance" of her committing a crime and "zero risk" of her trying to run.

2:06 p.m. -- Moss is released. The defense calls Charles Lipman, the father of a very close friend of the Sneidermans, to the stand.

2:03 p.m. -- Moss says Sneiderman "wants to do everything right" and "walk the straight and narrow." Geary objects, calling the testimony "self-serving."

2 p.m. -- Moss says Sneiderman was "comfortable" after Neuman's trial -- "being quiet, getting back to her life, focusing on her children and family" -- but she now "wants to fight this" and clear her name. He never got the indication that she planned to flee.

1:59 p.m. -- Moss says he maintained a friendship with the Sneidermans long after all three graduated from Indiana University; he visited them in Georgia, they visited him in Chicago.

1:56 p.m. -- Greenberg is released. The defense calls Jeffrey Moss, a friend of both Rusty and Andrea Sneiderman, to the stand.

1:54 p.m. -- Don Geary approaches to cross-examine Greenberg. Geary mentions a house the Greenbergs purchased in Johns Creek, where they, Sneiderman and Sneiderman's two children plan to live if Sneiderman is released on bond. Greenberg says he is "a hundred percent" willing to stay in Roswell if Sneiderman is released, if the court commands him to do so.

1:52 p.m. -- Before her arrest, Sneiderman lived in her parents' Roswell home; Greenberg says he and his wife moved into Rusty and Andrea's Dunwoody home until the end of the school year so granddaughter Sophia didn't have to switch schools. If Sneiderman is released on bond, Greenberg says she will live with him, his wife and her two children.

1:50 p.m. -- "Her children have been the highlight of her and our life," Greenberg says of his daughter. "Before Rusty was murdered, every decision relative to the children was made by both of them planning together." He also says Sneiderman is active in her religious community and the family always observes Jewish holidays together.

1:48 p.m. -- Greenberg says Andrea Sneiderman decided to apply for a job at GE, where she met Hemy Neuman, when her hours were cut at Havard Business School; she worked remotely for the school from her Atlanta-area home.

1:45 p.m. -- Greenberg provides details of her daughter's life with Rusty Sneiderman; they met as freshmen at Indiana University, took jobs in Chicago together, moved to Boston when Rusty was accepted to Harvard and eventually got married at a synagogue in Florida.

1:42 p.m. -- Greenberg says Sneiderman was "a model child" while growing up and that she "never got into trouble."

1:38 p.m. -- Judge Adams announces he will not allow character witnesses to speak at the hearing, but will allow the defense to call Sneiderman's father, Herb Greenberg, to speak on his daughter's behalf.

1:37 p.m. -- Defense attorney John Petrey responds, saying Sneiderman's character and community ties are "not only appropriate, but required for the court to consider" in its decision to grant bond.

1:35 p.m. -- Assistant DeKalb County D.A. Don Geary speaks next. He says that he will ask the court not to grant bond and requests that Judge Adams not allow the defense to call character witnesses to the stand.

1:33 p.m. -- Morgan says that Sneiderman's "ties to her community" and her two young children are among the factors that kept her in Georgia before she was arrested. He adds that Sneiderman has no criminal record and has never received so much as a parking ticket.

1:30 p.m. -- Sneiderman's attorney J. Tom Morgan speaks first. He reminds the court that his client is there under presumption of innocence, and that Sneiderman received $2 million after her husband's death, yet did not try to flee.

1:29 p.m. -- Judge Gregory Adams, who presided over Hemy Neuman's trial, enters the courtroom to begin the hearing.

1:25 p.m. -- Andrea Sneiderman enters the courtroom. Her hands are behind her back, but not in handcuffs.

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