Widow Andrea Sneiderman Charged in Husband’s ‘Dunwoody Daycare’ Murder
(ATLANTA) -- Andrea Sneiderman, the wife of a man gunned down by Sneiderman's boss and alleged lover, was indicted Thursday on murder charges for her husband's death.
Sneiderman, 35, is accused of playing a fatal role in the Dunwoody Daycare murder that rocked a suburban Georgia community. Her husband, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman, 36, was shot and killed in the parking lot of his son's daycare center in November 2010.
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said that prosecutors and Dekalb sheriff's officers went to Sneiderman's lake house in Putnam County Thursday to arrest her. Her children, Sophia and Ian, were not present.
She is charged with racketeering, murder with malice, criminal attempt to commit murder, insurance fraud, and making false statements and perjury.
Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman, was arrested months after the shooting, though prosecutors said they suspected Mrs. Sneiderman was involved. Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman traveled frequently together during their work at GE Energy, and prosecutors and Neuman's lawyers have alleged that the pair had an affair and plotted the murder.
Andrea Sneiderman has denied being involved in her husband's murder.
Neuman was found guilty of the murder earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison in March.
In closing arguments during Neuman's murder trial, his lawyer claimed Andrea Sneiderman used Neuman to kill her husband so she could collect on his $2 million life insurance policy.
"The gun was in Hemy's hand, but the trigger was pulled by Andrea Sneiderman," Doug Peters said in court.
James said that prosecutors began working to bring charges against Mrs. Sneiderman since the conclusion of the case against Neuman. They presented their evidence to a grand jury at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and after an hour of deliberations, received an indictment for Andrea Sneiderman on eight criminal charges.
Prosecutors feel "confident" in the case they have against Sneiderman and would likely follow the same format and approach that they used in trying Neuman, James said.
"It worked last time. We're going to do the same thing this time," he said.
He said the next step in the case is Sneiderman's arraignment, which could take place within the next month. Sneiderman is being held without bond but may request a bond hearing, he said.
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