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Andrea Sneiderman indicted on eight counts in relation to Dunwoody daycare murder
by LaTria Garnigan
lgarnigan@neighbornewspapers.com
August 02, 2012 04:19 PM | 3472 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James held a press conference Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. to read through the eight counts in the indictment against Andrea Sneiderman.

Sneiderman was arrested around 10 a.m., by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

“On Nov. 18 [2010], Hemy Neuman shot and murdered Rusty [Russell] Sneiderman, a 36-year-old business man and father of two precious children in the parking lot of Dunwoody Prep [daycare],” said James. “Today at 10 a.m. the DeKalb County Grand Jury returned an eight-count indictment for his wife, Andrea Sneiderman.”

According to James, Sneiderman was booked into the DeKalb County Jail. The indictment was filed by the DeKalb County Superior Court.

The eight counts include:

-Violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

-Criminal attempt to commit murder

-Malice murder

-Making a false statement (two counts)

-Perjury (two counts)

In the indictment, in the explanation of the racketeering count, it states Sneiderman and Neuman “…conspired together to murder Rusty Sneiderman so that they could enjoy a life together, eliminate Neuman’s debt problems, and fully benefit from the assets the Sneidermans had acquired as well as the proceeds of Rusty Sneiderman’s life insurance policies.”

There were two life insurance policies, totaling $2 million, along with individual accounts of Rusty’s, which had an aggregate balance in excess of $960,000, according to the indictment.

For the criminal attempt to commit murder charge, the indictment alleges that Sneiderman was a party to the crime, by giving Neuman the schedule for departure and return of Rusty so that Neuman could kill him. For the malice murder charge, the indictment accuses Sneiderman of causing the death of Rusty with malice aforethought, and as a party to the crime.

The insurance fraud charge comes with an explanation that Sneiderman allegedly made a false statement or representation of a material fact in the filing of a claim with Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company to receive the $2 million payout.

The two counts on making false statements have to do with Sneiderman’s statements to the Dunwoody Police Department. Sneiderman is accused of saying she did not believe Neuman had anything to do with the murder of her husband and that she did not know her husband had been shot prior to her arrival at the daycare.

The perjury charges in the indictment accuse Sneiderman of making a false statement under oath in a judicial proceeding that she did not have an affair with Neuman prior to the murder of her husband, as well as allegedly making a false statement under oath that she did not know her husband had been killed until after she arrived at the Atlanta Medical Center.

When asked why the DA’s office chose now to move forward, James said this was the culmination of several months of work.

“If I weren’t confident in our case I would not have put a case before the grand jury,” said James. “So I can tell you that I’m confident in our case as I am in every case we put forward. We’re gonna put our best foot forward and all facts and evidence out there and at the end of the day it’s gonna be up to a jury to make a decision in this case.”

According to James, the grand jury was presented with the facts at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2, which took about an hour — then they deliberated for a short period of time and turned in an indictment.

The next step procedurally, said James, is an arraignment calendar.

“We don’t know when that will be but if the defendant does not plead guilty at that arraignment calendar, then it would be bound over to a trial calendar and myself and my Chief Assistant Don Geary would be prepared to try the case if in fact it does go to trial,” said James.

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