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Jury still out in preschool killing

Woman charged with perjury, false statements in death of husband

Jury still out in preschool killing

Jury still out in preschool killing

Andrea Sneiderman sits in court befor...


DECATUR — The jury in Andrea Sneiderman's trial on perjury and false statements charges deliberated all day Friday without reaching a verdict.

The case went to the jury on Thursday after the defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments. The jury began deliberating around 9 a.m. Friday, took a lunch break of just over an hour and then finished for the day at 4:30 p.m. The jury is set to return Monday.

Sneiderman's husband, 36-year-old Rusty Sneiderman, was fatally shot in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool shortly after dropping off the couple's 2-year-old son at a preschool in Dunwoody, a suburb north of Atlanta. Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, Hemy Neuman, was arrested about six weeks later. He was convicted in the killing in March 2012, but was found mentally ill.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Sneiderman lied to police investigating her husband's death and lied under oath during Neuman's trial. The 13-count indictment included charges of making false statements, hindering an investigation and perjury.

Prosecutors maintained that Andrea Sneiderman was having a romantic relationship with Neuman and that she repeatedly lied about the relationship, which they said hindered the investigation into her husband's death. Sneiderman and her defense team repeatedly denied that there was no romantic relationship and that police bungled the investigation by not focusing on Neuman even after she mentioned him to them.

Before beginning deliberations the jury sat through nine days of witness testimony and presentation of evidence, including video and audio clips, email exchanges, phone records and other documents. Sneiderman did not take the stand in her own defense during the trial.

 

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