Logs chronicling phone calls and texts between Andrea Sneiderman and her boss on the day of her husband’s killing were erased from the Dunwoody widow’s blackberry, an investigator with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office testified Wednesday.
Conversely, investigator Mark Potter said calls and texts to and from Hemy Neuman before Nov. 18, 2010 — when Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down outside a Dunwoody daycare facility — had not been deleted from Andrea’s handset.
She has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with her former supervisor, Neuman, to have her husband murdered. Neuman is serving life in prison without parole for the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.
Central to the prosecution’s case against Andrea Sneiderman has been the testimony of her father-in-law, along with a former close friend, who said told them Rusty had been shot before she was officially notified. Andrea Sneiderman testified she first learned of the shooting from an emergency room doctor at Atlanta Medical Center.
For the first time, attorneys representing the mother of two attempted to explain the conflicting timelines. Defense co-counsel John Petrey said they need to subpoena Rusty Sneiderman’s parents and brother as they attempt to prove their client had no knowledge of Neuman’s plans.
“We are seeking information about who said what to whom, how did they say it … and when on the morning of Nov. 18, 2010,” John Petrey said. Andrea Sneiderman “did not know the circumstances of Rusty’s death prior to being notified by the proper authorities,” he said.
The defense has also subpoenaed Neuman’s ex-wife Ariela, who they allege may have knowledge about her husband’s activities that would confirm their belief that the GE executive was stalking Rusty Sneiderman.
“This is a fishing expedition,” said attorney Esther Panitch, who represents the victim’s family and Neuman’s ex-wife.
Andrea Sneiderman’s lawyers have likewise argued that 13 of the 16 counts against their client lack specificity, making it more difficult for them to mount a defense.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams indicated he’ll make a decision on the motions to dismiss those 13 counts and to quash the subpoenas of Neuman’s ex-wife and the defendant’s in-laws within the next two weeks. Sneiderman’s trial is scheduled to begin July 29.