After announcing they planned to speak to the media about a high profile killing, Dunwoody police abruptly canceled a planned press conference.
Thursday morning, a Dunwoody Police Department spokesman announced that Police Chief Billy Grogan would speak about the investigation into the murder of local businessman Rusty Sneiderman.
But soon after making the announcement, the spokesman, Sgt. Michael Carlson, issued another statement saying that the press conference had been cancelled.
"All future media inquiries related to the Rusty Sneiderman murder case should be directed to the DeKalb District Attorney's public information office," Carlson wrote in his second e-mailed message.
It's unclear what, if anything, Grogan was planning to disclose. Carlson couldn't be reached for comment, and a spokesman for DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said he didn't know what the chief had planned to say.
"I don't know what their press conference was about," said the prosecutor's spokesman, Erik Burton. "It's still very much an open case," he added.
On Tuesday, police arrested Hemy Zvi Neuman, 48, an operations and quality manager with General Electric, and charged him in the Nov. 18 murder of Sneiderman.
Sneiderman was shot to death moments after dropping off his son at Dunwoody Prep day care. Neuman was being held at the DeKalb County jail without bond. He requested a public defender at his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Neuman was the supervisor of Sneiderman's wife, Andrea, according to GE. They worked across the street from each other in the Wildwood Parkway office complex off Powers Ferry Road. They were charged with overseeing the specifications and performance standards for products ranging from nuclear reactors to turbines to solar panels, and had met often, according to the company.
Rusty Sneiderman married his college sweetheart and the couple had two small children.
The son of an accountant, Sneiderman studied business at Indiana University and became a certified public accountant himself. After graduation he worked in the Chicago offices of a major accounting firm, then he and his new wife moved to Boston so he could get a masters in business administration at Harvard University.
Neuman, who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984, has no prior criminal history, Carlson said.