The perjury case against Andrea Sneiderman

8:00 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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DECATUR, GA -- It was an emotional outburst on the witness stand: "There was no affair!"

Within it, lies one of six counts of perjury against Andrea Sneiderman, according to a revised indictment quietly returned last month in her murder case.

The revised indictment alleges that Mrs. Sneiderman lied on the witness stand in February 2011 when she denied having an affair with Hemy Neuman -- her coworker who was convicted of killing her husband, Rusty Sneiderman.

Andrea Sneiderman's biggest challenge will be to beat the murder case against her when she goes to trial this summer. But much of the murder case will be built on a foundation of what prosecutors will describe as Mrs. Sneiderman's acts of deception and outright lies told on the witness stand.

During her testimony, Mrs. Sneiderman admitted to a personal relationship with Neuman, which took shape during business trips to places like Longmont, Colorado. The indictment says Mrs. Sneiderman perjured herself when she denied sharing a room with Neuman on that trip.

"He did not share a room with me. Was he in my room? Might have been for a little while. But he didn't share a room with me," Mrs. Sneiderman testified under questioning from then-DeKalb County prosecutor Don Geary.

Another lie, prosecutors say, was during Mrs. Sneiderman's description of a business trip with Neuman to Greenville South Carolina -- when she denied kissing Neuman at a nightclub.

"Did you kiss him or did he kiss you?" Geary asked.

"No. I- I - nope," Mrs. Sneiderman answered. "I guess you have people who said that did occur." Later, a bartender testified she saw Mrs. Sneiderman and Neuman exchange kisses three times during an evening of drinking and dancing.

"Do you have any idea why someone would believe you were kissing?" Geary asked.

"No I don't. In this case, when you're talking about alleged affairs and someone else's husband being murdered, I think they tend to think they saw a lot of things," Mrs. Sneiderman answered.

Prosecutors also say Mrs. Sneiderman committed perjury when she said she had no knowledge of her husband's shooting prior to talking to her father-in-law the morning Rusty Sneiderman died.

"I didn't know what happened to Rusty until I got to the emergency room," she testified. "No one told me what happened to Rusty."

Later that week, her father-in-law Donald Sneiderman contradicted her.

 

"Andrea called us. And she called and said Rusty had been shot. She was so, so sorry. And that she was going to Dunwoody Prep to find out what had happened," Donald Sneiderman testified.

 

She's also accused of perjury by testifying

 

  • that she never "returned" Neuman's "feelings for her";
  • that she believed Neuman was in Longmont on business with GE;
  • that she didn't report her suspicions about Neuman as the possible triggerman to police because Mrs. Sneiderman's mother expressed concerns about her safety.

Andrea Sneiderman's attorneys, who are barred from talking to the media, are likely to argue that conflicting memories of events and conversations won't prove perjury.

Don't count on getting an explanation from Mrs. Sneiderman during her trial -- she doesn't have to testify, and may choose not to.

 

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