That theory does not appear in either the first indictment or the revised version, and Sneiderman attorney Tom Clegg theorized Thursday that prosecutors made Dell’s name public either to embarrass his client or, potentially, influence possible testimony from Neuman.
“I am satisfied there is nothing that Joseph Dell could possibly testify to … that would have anything to do with any issue in this indictment,” said Clegg, adding that prosecutors have yet to interview Dell.
Sneiderman was prohibited from having any contact with Dell once the state named him as a witness.
“The woman is entitled to some sort of companionship or friendship during his ordeal,” Clegg said.
Their relationship, he said, is “their business, no one else’s.”
DeKalb District Attorney Robert James noted that Sneiderman called Dell 58 times during her three-week incarceration last August. Sneiderman is now under house arrest at her parents’ residence.
“(The defense) will contend there’s nothing relevant (in those phone conversations), but that’s not their call,” James said.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams hinted he would consider granting an exception to Sneiderman’s bond conditions that might allow for contact with Dell.
Sneiderman will be arraigned March 15 on the new indictment: one count of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, seven counts of perjury, four counts of giving false statements, and one count each of concealing material facts and hindering the apprehension of a criminal.