Andrea Sneiderman has asked the judge in her upcoming murder trial for permission to visit the grave of the husband she is accused of conspiring to kill.
Her attorneys on Friday filed a motion requesting permission to observe Yahrtzeit — a Jewish religious observance for deceased loved ones that involves the recitation of a religious prayer and the lighting of a special 24-hour candle — on Nov. 18, the second anniversary of Rusty Sneiderman’s death. The Dunwoody widow is currently under house arrest at her parents’ Johns Creek home.
Sneiderman pleaded not guilty earlier this month to charges that she conspired with former boss Hemy Neuman to fatally shoot her husband outside a Dunwoody daycare facility. Neuman was was found guilty but mentally ill in March and sentenced to life in prison.
Roughly five months later, Sneiderman was arrested and charged with racketeering, malice murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, insurance fraud, making false statements and perjury.
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said recently that he expects Sneiderman’s trial to last about as long as Neuman’s — around a month. Sneiderman’s lawyers have until Dec. 7 to file their motions, which could push the start of the trial to sometime in the spring.
Prosecutors and the defense are under a court-ordered gag rule that prohibits them from commenting.