Sneiderman jury selection nears end

The often tedious process of picking a jury is nearly complete, three days into the perjury trial of Dunwoody widow Andrea Sneiderman.

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams said late Wednesday morning he expects a jury to be selected before week’s end. Attorneys needed to qualify only five more citizens to complete phase one of the process, which started with 283 jurors.

On Thursday, the defense and prosecution will whittle the panel from 42 jurors to 12. Opening statements are expected to follow on Monday.

Sneiderman faces 13 felony counts — seven charges of perjury, four charges of making false statements and one count each of hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing a material fact in connection with the death of her husband. The maximum sentences for each count range from five to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied about her relationship with her former boss, Hemy Neuman, hindering the investigation into the fatal shooting of her husband, Rusty. Neuman later acknowledged he was the gunman and was sentenced to life in prison last year.

Murder charges against the 37-year-old mother of two were dropped last week. Sneiderman has denied any involvement in her husband’s death and insists she did not have an affair with Neuman, as prosecutors claim.

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