Sneiderman: Indictment is sloppy, vague

7:25 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Andrea Sneiderman in DeKalb County Superior Court.

DECATUR, Ga. -- Andrea Sneiderman's attorneys told a judge Thursday that the DeKalb County district attorney prepared an indictment that was so vague and so sloppy that 13 of the 16 charges ought to be thrown out.

"We're not supposed to infer what the state meant," said John Petrey, one of Mrs. Sneiderman's defense attorneys, during a pre-trial hearing.

Petrey argued the indictment isn't specific enough. He says it fails to give names and dates for most of Mrs. Sneiderman's alleged crimes, ranging from hindering the apprehension of a criminal, to perjury.

"They're saying Mrs. Sneiderman, you lied to the police. And this is what you said. And what they say she said doesn't make squat for sense," Petrey said.

"It is not required that the indictment give every detail of the crime," countered Anna Green Cross, an assistant district attorney.

Cross admitted to only a typo but otherwise argued that the details of the crime are no mystery.

Andrea Sneiderman is accused of helping her coworker, Hemy Neuman, kill her husband Rusty in November 2010. Rusty Sneiderman was shot to death outside a Dunwoody day care and a jury convicted Neuman last year.

Judge Gregory Adams will rule later on the motion to dismiss the charges.

Curiously, the defense is not trying to throw out the most serious charges against Andrea Sneiderman -- the charges related to the murder of her husband. She'll challenge them during her jury trial this summer.

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