HEMY NEUMAN | Murder trial live blog I | News
These are the early updates from the Neuman trial, from the beginning of opening statements through the end of the prosecution's case. | See part 2 of the blog for ongoing and current coverage.
DECATUR, Ga. -- Follow live updates of the Hemy Neuman murder trial. Neuman is accused of killing Rusty Sneiderman while he dropped off his two-year-old son at a Dunwoody daycare center on November 18, 2010.
DAY 6 | Tuesday, February 28, 2012
9:05 a.m. - Day 6 begins. Lt. David Barnes takes the witness stand again as the prosecution starts where it left off. They are currently showing the jury the last few minutes of the 5-hour interrogation tape.
9:58 a.m. - Judge Adams dismisses the court for a brief break.
10:11 a.m. - Judge Adams calls court back into session.
10:12 a.m. - District Attorney Robert James resumes questioning Lieutenant David Barnes about transporting Hemy Neuman from his house to Dunwoody.
10:58 a.m. - Judge dismisses court for a brief recess.
11:06 a.m. - Court back in session after ten minute break.
11:25 a.m. - Lieutenant David Barnes is dismissed from the witness stand.
11:25 a.m. - State Investigator Mark Potter is called to the witness stand.
11:25 a.m. - Potter confirms that he talked to Jan DeSilva in the parking lot of the Buckhead Diner.
11:31 a.m. - GBI Firearms Supervisor is called to the witness stand.
11:37 a.m. - The supervisor positively identifies the ballistic evidence collected at the scene.
11:44 a.m. - DeKalb County District Attorney Investigator Chris Pasipe is called to the witness stand. Confirms that he processed some Apple devices and a cell phone from the possession of the suspect.
11:50 a.m. - David A. Freyman, a special agent for the Atlanta division of the FBI is called to the witness stand.
11:51 a.m. - Freyman confirms that he processed a couple of Apple products from the scene and details his training.
11:58 a.m. - Court is dismissed until 1:30 p.m.
1:31 p.m. - Court is called back into session.
1:33 p.m. - Freyman discusses searches and bookmarked information in Neuman's iPad device. The searches and bookmarks included terms like guns, range, costumes.
1:55 p.m. - Freyman reveals that the defendant searched "Can police track cellphones?" on his iPad device.
2:01 p.m. - Neuman's iPad searches, also, reveal that he searched "How many Percocet will kill you?"
2:11 p.m. - Larry Steverson, self-employed, is called to the witness stand. Steverson's company conducted gun, artillery and knife shows around the country.
2:13 p.m. - Douglas Phipps, director of operations for the Northwest Georgia Train Convention, is called to the stand.
2:20 p.m. - Judge Adams dismisses court for ten minutes.
2:36 p.m. - Walter Pineda, owner of video enhancement company, is called to the witness stand.
2:42 p.m. - Chad Fitzgerald, Analyst in the FBI, is called to the witness stand.
2:43 p.m. - Fitzgerald discusses the different types of cell towers and how cell towers work and communicate with cell phones.
2:58 p.m. - Fitzgerald shows how Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman were together at particular times, due to the proximity of their cell phones.
3:11 p.m. - Fitzgerald continues to list in detail various days and times that both the Andrea Sneiderman phone and Hemy Neuman's phone were in close proximity. The prosecution seems to be focused on dates that the 2 were supposedly traveling together for business.
3:30 p.m. - Phone records show almost constant contact between the Neuman phone and the Sneiderman. The prosecution continues to show the phone activity leading up to the murder.
4:01 p.m. - Cell tower information revealed that Neuman was not at GE on the morning of the murder.
4:10 p.m. - Cell records prove that Hemy Neuman cell phone number was the most contacted contact from Andrea Sneiderman's cell phone during a six-month-period before the murder.
4:12 p.m. - The state of Georgia has rested it's case. All attorney's approach the bench.
WEEK TWO | Monday, February 27, 2012
4:11 p.m. - Judges calls for another break.
4:09 p.m. - Interrogator says, "Hemy, I want to be able to help you... whether or not you were at work that morning is the only question."
4:01 p.m. - Hemy talks to the interrogators about his family possibly moving back to Israel.
3:53 p.m. - Interrogator says, "you gonna tell us on a stack of bibles I did not shoot Rusty?" And Hemy replies, " I was not there... I did not pull the trigger on the gun that shot Rusty Sneiderman."
3:49 p.m. - The officer says "you have not said, I did not do it."
3:46 p.m. - Interrogator presses Hemy, telling him "this is a woman (Andrea) who's got her act together... he (Rusty) was industrious, but he ain't bringing the bacon home. Maybe she did see a better life with you?"
3:38 p.m. - Interrogator tells Hemy, "she (Andrea) has no idea you're sitting here, but here you are."
3:30 p.m. - Interrogator tells Hemy he believes Hemy shot Rusty and that he can prove it. He tells Hemy " you gotta start some place, and get it off your chest."
3:29 p.m. - Hemy says his head is "about to explode" and complains about his mouth being dry.
3:27 p.m. - The interrogator is now asking basic questions about Hemy's family. Their names, where they live, etc.
3:23 p.m. - Interrogation is now focused on an email Andrea sent Hemy the day before the interrogation. The officer reads it from Hemy's iPad, but doesn't say anything about it.
3:18 p.m. - Viewing of the taped Interrogation picks up with police telling Hemy they have no deal to offer him.
3:00 p.m. - Judge calls for a break.
2:55 p.m. - One of the officers reasons with Hemy about what may have happened to Rusty Sneiderman; "He got shot for 1 of 3 things, greed, revenge or lust. I m going with lust."
2:44 p.m. - As the interrogators press on, they say to Hemy, "the only question I have right now is if Andrea has more involvement in this or is she just an innocent bystander?"
2:28 p.m. - The interrogator tells Hemy, "I'd be easier to just admit fault... Man up."
2:25 p.m. - Hemy tells police "I can't tell you that periord (5:30 a.m.-9 a.m.) in the morning where I was."
2:21 p.m. - The interrogator tells Hemy they're checking in with GE to confirm if Hemy swiped in at 5:30 a.m. on November 18, 2010.
2:13 p.m. - During more interrogation, authorities suggest "maybe she (Andrea) was in on it. Maybe we do have the wrong guy, maybe it's her."
2:10 p.m. - Police interrgator tells Hemy to "come clean, and hope for the best."
2:00 p.m. - Before Judge Adams calls for a 30 second break, the investigators say on the tape, "you just happened to be the widow's lover."
1:55 p.m. - The investigators continue to zero in on Hemy in the video of his first interrogation. They get more and more irritated by his denial. They show Hemy pictures and video stills from the Day Care cameras. They return to questions about Hemy's alibi and who supposedly saw him and at what time.
1:46 p.m. - The police interrogator tells Hemy, "the more I look at you I see that you are the man in that van." He says, "you have a soul. You are not a criminal." "Hemy you were there." Hemy says "How do you know I was there?" The investigator says, "Hemy why did it happen?". "Don't deny it to the world, you have to man up to this." Hemy says "what do you want to know?" Hemy says that "I was not there."
1:40 p.m. - Hemy states on the police tape that, "I told her at any time our relationship is becoming uncomfortable you need to tell me and it will stop." (when discussing his work relationship and setting "boundaries" with her)
1:30 p.m. - Court resumes. The jury continues to watch the 5 hour tape of Hemy Neuman's initial interview with Dunwoody Police.
12:00 p.m. - Judge Gregory Adams calls for a lunch recess until 1:30 p.m.
11:50 a.m. - Hemy tells police he took his car to the Honda dealership on the 17th because there was some sort of recall and that it needed to go in the shop. He then rented a car/van from across the street on the 17th of November.
11:40 a.m. - Hemy says "I had a missed called from Andrea, and then I called her back." That is how I knew there had been an accident.
11:30 a.m. - Hemy Neuman begins explaining what happend on the day of the 18th. He says he goes to work at 5:30 am his usual time and gets a text from Andrea Sneiderman saying there has "been an accident". The officers begin going through his cell phone looking at the texts. They see that there are only two texts that day. 1 from a man named Alan saying he needs to talk to him, "Andrea Sneiderman has had a family emergency."
11:15 a.m. Judge Adams calls for a 10 minute break for the jury to stretch and get a chance to walk around.
11:10 a.m. - The jury continues to watch the video testimony of Hemy Neuman's first interview with police. After talking for an hour or so with Hemy, the 2 investigators begin to question him harder and tell him, "I don't know how you live in your heart. You are self-egotistical. You only care about yourself."
10:35 a.m. - Hemy says, that he had a conversation with his own wife and said "we are broke. We have no money. I don't care if they are giving it away (patio furniture), we can't afford it." That conversation with his wife at Lowe's is the point, Hemy says, that he knew his relationship with his wife was "destructive".
10:32 a.m. - In video testimony being shown by the prosecutor, hemy Neuman admits to taking multiple business trips with Andrea Sneiderman, but says the relationship was nothing more. He says Andrea shared with him that her marrieage was not going well, but she shared that with others as well.
10:22 a.m. - In videotaped testimony taken during his first interview with Dunwoody Police, Hemy Neuman says he gave Rusty Sneiderman advice on things and vice versa.
10:00 a.m. - After the quick break, the prosecution begins to show the 5-hour videotaped police interrogation interview that they conducted with Hemy Neuman with the intention of showing his calmness and sanity.
9:45 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a 10 minute break.
9:39 a.m. - When interviewing Hemy Neuman, Lt. Barnes says that Hemy said that "he had feelings for Andrea Sneiderman." But he denied having sexual relations with Mrs. Sneiderman. When asked if he owned a weapon, " he said he did not."
9:30 a.m. - Lt. David Barnes, Dunwoody Police Dept., takes the stand.
9:15 a.m. - Graphic pictures and descriptions are to be expected today. The medical examiner is currently detailing the entrance and exit wounds.
9:00 a.m. - Judge Adams opens the second week of the Hemy Neuman murder trial. Some questions of media involvement and cameras in the court going forward. Judge will rule on it tomorrow.
DAY FOUR | Friday, February 24, 2012
4:29 p.m. - Thompson is released. Court is adjourned for the weekend.
4:28 p.m. - Thompson says shell casings from the crime scene were compared to ones recovered from a gun range where Neuman practiced shooting.
4:25 p.m. - Thompson says he found synthetic hairs inside the rental van, but could not trace them to anyone who had rented the car.
4:20 p.m. - Thompson says he spoke with Andrea Sneiderman the day after the murder; he says she told him he was "barking up the wrong tree" if he was looking for a murderer, and "everybody who knew Rusty, loved Rusty." When he asked Andrea if anyone was romantically interested in her, she immediately said, "Yes, my boss."
4:15 p.m. - Thompson describes the steps he took to identify the suspect's car as a rented Kia Sedona.
4:06 p.m. - Thompson says he collected videotapes from the security cameras at Dunwoody Prep on the day of the murder, and reviewed the footage.
4:04 p.m. - Harris is released. The state calls Andrew Thompson, a detective with the Dunwoody Police Department, to the stand.
4:02 p.m. - Harris says his relationship with Neuman was never inappropriate and didn't cross any boundaries.
3:57 p.m. - The defense begins cross-examination of Harris.
3:55 p.m. - Harris says Neuman hugged Andrea Sneiderman for a long time and said, "I'm so sorry," at the shiva. He says Rusty Sneiderman's family members thanked him for taking such good care of Andrea in the aftermath of the murder, and had him "sit up front" and read a prayer during the shiva.
3:52 p.m. - Harris says a coworker texted him to say that their colleague Andrea Sneiderman's husband had been murdered. Their team at GE learned of the shiva through Neuman.
3:49 p.m. - Harris says Neuman described his childhood as "hard" because he attended boarding school, but did not elaborate much beyond that.
3:46 p.m. - Harris says he reported directly to Neuman at his job and had daily contact with him.
3:45 p.m. - Presnell is released. The state calls Al Harris, an audit program manager for GE, to the stand.
3:43 p.m. - Presnell says his role in the murder investigation was to locate the suspect's rented Kia minivan; he found it in Canton, Ga.
3:40 p.m. - Dr. Waterman is released. The state calls William Presnell, an investigator with the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office, to the stand.
3:39 p.m. - Dr. Waterman says Andrea Sneiderman was "not very emotional" after he told her that her husband was dead, and that her "first request was to ask for a child psychologist" to tell the couple's children that their father was dead. He describes Mrs. Sneiderman's behavior as "unusual."
3:37 p.m. - Dr. Waterman says he and his team could not resuscitate Sneiderman after he was shot; the victim was pronounced dead "about 30 minutes" after arriving at Atlanta Medical Center.
3:36 p.m. - The state calls Dr. Mark Waterman, an emergency physician at Atlanta Medical Center, to the stand.
3:34 p.m. - The trial resumes; Judge Adams calls the jury back into the courtroom.
3:16 p.m. - Maldonado is released. Judge Adams calls for a brief break.
3:14 p.m. - Maldonado says he spoke with Andrea Sneiderman when she arrived at the crime scene. He says he was "trying to calm her down," but that she was not crying, and that she never asked to see her husband.
3:11 p.m. - Formato is released. The state calls Jesus Maldonado, a detective with the Dunwoody Police Department, to the stand.
3:08 p.m. - Formato says she got Andrea Sneiderman's name from the daycare center's emergency information sheet and called her to tell her that "something had happened at the school." She says she did not specify that Rusty had been shot, out of concern for Andrea's safety.
3:05 p.m. - Formato says she knew Rusty Sneiderman personally. She learned that he had been shot through another teacher.
3:02 p.m. - Berkeley is released. The state calls Donna Formato, assistant director of Dunwoody Prep, to the stand.
3:01 p.m. - The state presents pictures of the crime scene, including Sneiderman's gunshot wounds.
2:59 p.m. - Berkeley says Sneiderman was "unresponsive" when her crew arrived at the crime scene.
2:57 p.m. - Tate is released. The state calls Rhoda Berkeley, a DeKalb County firefighter and EMT, to the stand.
2:56 p.m. - Tate says he followed the tow truck when it took Sneiderman's car to the GBI Crime Lab.
2:53 p.m. - Tate says he was dispatched to Dunwoody Prep on the morning of the shooting; he was told by DeKalb 911 that a Hispanic-looking male had shot a white male in the parking lot.
2:50 p.m. - Dr. Gfroerer is released. The state calls James Brian Tate, an officer with the Dunwoody Police Department, to the stand.
2:49 p.m. - Dr. Gfroerer says he performed CPR on Sneiderman for "approximately five minutes" after he was shot, but did not succeed in getting him to breathe again. "He was, in my opinion, deceased before EMS arrived," Dr. Gfroerer said.
2:45 p.m. - The state calls Dr. Terrence Gfroerer, a physician at Dunwoody Pediatrics, to the stand.
2:41 p.m. - Lang is released.
2:38 p.m. - The defense cross-examines Lang, who says the suspect was "six to eight feet" away from Sneiderman while shooting him.
2:37 p.m. - The prosecution has Lang identify the sketch that police made based on his description of the shooter.
2:35 p.m. - Lang says he returned to the pediatrician's office to get a doctor to help Sneiderman.
2:31 p.m. - Lang identifies Hemy Neuman as the shooter he saw in the daycare center's parking lot. He says he saw the suspect fire the last two shots at Rusty Sneiderman, who was lying on the ground, and then turn around and walk away.
2:29 p.m. - The state calls Chris Lang, who was leaving the pediatrician's office next door to Dunwoody Prep with his daughter on the morning of the murder, to the stand.
2:27 p.m. - The trial resumes; Judge Adams calls the jury back into the courtroom.
2:14 p.m. - "She didn't have a tear in her eye," Stotter says, describing Andrea Sneiderman's reaction when she arrived at the crime scene. Stotter is released; Judge Adams calls for a brief break.
2:12 p.m. - Stotter says there was "quite a bit of blood everywhere" at the crime scene, as well as shell casings; she says Sneiderman's blood was running through the daycare center's parking lot.
2:10 p.m. - Stotter says Sneiderman was still alive and lying on his left side when the shooter drove away.
2:06 p.m. - Stotter says she was buying stamps with her husband at the post office near Dunwoody Prep on the day of the murder when she heard gunshots and saw a man in a hoodie walking "slowly" through the daycare center's parking lot.
2:05 p.m. - Dr. Kuhlmeier is released. His wife, Aliyah Stotter, is called to the stand.
2:03 p.m. - Dr. Kuhlmeier says Sneiderman was "bleeding out" and "gasping for air" in the parking lot. The witness says he called 911 and then checked Sneiderman's pulse to make sure he was still alive. "I'll never forget that face," he says of the suspect, then identifies the shooter as Hemy Neuman.
2:01 p.m. - Dr. Kuhlmeier says the suspect "struggled to put the car in reverse" when he got back in the van, which made the witness realize that something terrible has just happened.
1:57 p.m. - Dr. Kuhlmeier says he heard gunshots while standing in line at a post office near Dunwoody Prep. He said the shooter "casually" walked back to his car and drove away.
1:54 p.m. - Minogue is released. The state calls Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier, a chiropractor who witnessed the shooting, to the stand.
1:52 p.m. - Minogue identifies a suspect sketch as one that was created based on his description of the man behind the wheel of the van.
1:50 p.m. - Minogue says he heard about the murder on the radio at about 1 p.m. that same day and called the police to say he'd seen the suspicious van.
1:47 p.m. - Minogue says he saw a "service van" in the parking lot of Dunwoody Prep on the morning of the murder; he says the driver appeared to be Middle Eastern and was wearing a fake beard.
1:45 p.m. - Pishvaei is released. The state calls Lawrence Minogue, a parent whose son attends Dunwoody Prep, to the stand.
1:44 p.m. - Pishvaei identifies the car Neuman was driving the day of the murder as a Kia Sedona minivan.
1:41 p.m. - McNulty is released. The state calls Henry Pishvaei, the general manager of a Kia dealership, to the stand.
1:37 p.m. - McNulty says she heard "four gunshots" while taking her students to the Dunwoody Prep playground on the day of the murder. She saw Sneiderman's body and "quickly took the children back inside."
1:34 p.m. - The state calls Colleen McNulty, a teacher at Dunwoody Prep daycare center, to the stand.
1:30 p.m. - The trial resumes.
11:57 a.m. - Judge Adams releases the jury for a lunch break.
11:56 a.m. - Schachtely confirms that Andrea Sneiderman texted him on his work Blackberry on the morning her husband was shot.
11:55 a.m. - Pineida is released. The state recalls Alan Schachtely.
11:50 a.m. - The state shows Pineida's enhanced video of the silver minivan to the jury.
11:48 a.m. - Pineida says he enhanced the security video at the daycare center so police could see who was behind the wheel of the silver minivan.
11:44 a.m. - Newman is released. The state calls Walter Pineida, who performs video enhancements; he was asked by Dunwoody police to enhance the video taken at Dunwoody Prep on the day Sneiderman was shot.
11:43 a.m. - Newman points out where Sneiderman was shot in relation to the daycare center's fenced-in playground.
11:41 a.m. - The prosecution shows surveillance video footage from the Dunwoody Prep parking lot on the morning of the murder; the video shows a silver minivan driving through the lot.
11:37 a.m. - Gay is released. The state calls Jane Newman, the executive director of the Dunwoody Prep daycare center, to the stand.
11:35 a.m. - Gay says he saw a silver Kia or Hyundai minivan "flying through the neighborhood" while he took out his trash on the morning of the murder. He says the driver of the van was a clean-shaven white man of Middle Eastern descent, wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
11:34 a.m. - Schachtely is released. The state calls Jack Gay to the stand; he lived two houses down from the Sneidermans in Dunwoody.
11:31 a.m. - Andrea Sneiderman sent a text to coworker Alan Schachtely on the morning of the murder, saying, "My husband's been shot. Tell Hemy that I'm leaving." Schachtely discusses this in his testimony.
11:04 a.m. - Copening is released. Judge Adams dismisses the jury for a 10-minute break.
11:01 a.m. - Copening says Neuman acted "normal" when telling her that Rusty Sneiderman had been shot. He also acted "normal" during the shiva for Sneiderman and at GE's holiday party in December 2010.
10:59 a.m. - Copening says Neuman entered Andrea Sneiderman's office about 10 minutes before noon on the day of the murder; Sneiderman was not there. Copening said Neuman told her that Rusty Sneiderman had been shot.
10:58 a.m. - The state calls Michelle Copening, a quality management systems representative who worked for Andrea Sneiderman at GE, to the stand.
10:57 a.m. - O'Rourke is dismissed. Assistant DA Don Geary says that records show that Neuman made a purchase at the RaceTrac on Delk Road.
10:50 a.m. - Gough is released. The state calls Peter O'Rourke, a payment systems manager for RaceTrac to the stand.
10:48 a.m. - The defense explores the possibility that Andrea Sneiderman's cousin accessed her company-issued computer the day after the murder.
10:46 a.m. - Gough says that GE does not ensure that employees have adjoining hotel rooms while traveling; to get them, the employees must request them at the hotels' front desks.
10:43 a.m. - Gough says there is no limit on traveling expenses for GE employees, but that they are advised to use "best judgment" when spending company money.
10:36 a.m. - The defense begins cross-examination of Kathleen Gough.
10:35 a.m. - Gough explains that security is tight at GE, and all usage of company computers and desk phones is logged. Neuman did not use his phone until after noon on the day of the murder, which was out of character for him.
10:26 a.m. - An expense report from a trip to Greenville, S.C. in October of 2010 shows that Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman ate at Pulse together.
10:22 a.m. - The defense presents multiple expense reports from trips that Neuman and Sneiderman took in the summer of 2010. The two had a $154.34 meal during a trip to Norfolk, Va., according to one of the reports.
10:19 a.m. - Neuman accompanied Sneiderman on all but one of her business trips in 2010, Gough says. All of his traveling was business-related as well, and he had his own GE-issued American Express.
10:18 a.m. - Gough reveals that Andrea Sneiderman took numerous business trips, both across the U.S. and to the U.K., in 2010. She paid for expenses with a GE-issued American Express credit card.
10:13 a.m. - Watson is released. The state calls Kathleen Gough, an IP and forensic investigator for GE, to the stand.
10:12 a.m. - The defense says Neuman returned to GE on the day of the murder to retrieve Andrea Sneiderman's computer at her request.
10:07 a.m. - The jury returns. Cross-examination of Scott Watson begins.
9:54 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a break before Watson is cross-examined.
9:50 a.m. - Several security videos are played; they show Neuman arriving at and leaving work on the morning of the murder.
9:44 a.m. - Watson says that he saw Neuman driving a grey minivan on security footage taken at GE the morning of the murder.
9:38 a.m. - Neuman requested two GE visitor passes on the day of the murder, according to security records. He used those passes to access the building -- one at 11:48 a.m., the other at 12:12 p.m.
9:35 a.m. - Records show that Neuman didn't arrive back at work until 12:36 p.m. on the day of the murder.
9:31 a.m. - Watson says security records show that Neuman arrived at work at 5:37 a.m. on the day of the murder. Neuman usually arrived at work between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., according to the records.
9:25 a.m. - Harting is released. The state calls Jeffrey Scott Watson, head of security at GE Atlanta, to the stand.
9:22 a.m. - Harting says Neuman acted "normal" the week of the murder.
9:20 a.m. - Harting says Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman "had a lot of lunches together." She managed Neuman's calendar and said Sneiderman's name frequently popped up.
9:18 a.m. - Carmen Harting, Hemy Neuman's administrative assistant at GE, is called to the stand.
9:11 a.m. - Judge Adams sequesters Andrea Sneiderman, saying that he told her not to have contact with any witnesses in this case. She reportedly hugged Shayna Citron as the latter left the stand.
Tuesday | February 21, 2012
9:00 AM - Judge Gregory A. Adams addresses the courtroom.
9:15 AM - Judge Gregory welcomes and address members of the jury.
9:23 AM - Don Geary, the Asst. District Attorney for DeKalb County , presents opening statements from the prosecution, to the courtroom.
9:34 AM - Andrea Sneiderman, wife of Rusty Seinderman breaks down sobbing while hearing details of the prosecution's case against Hemy Neuman.
10:06 AM - Opening statements resume.
10:18 AM - Douglas Peters, attorney for Hemy Neuman, introduces himself and presents opening statements from the defense. Peters discusses Neuman's background and describes him as "troubled, bright, well-educated, a hard worker and a great father."
10:26 AM - Peters describes Hemy Neuman as an "emotional wasteland"; he talks about Neuman's family members who were persecuted in Jewish concentration camps, his feelings of neglect as a teenager, his financial woes and upbringing.
10:49 AM - Describes a vacation taken by Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman to Greenville, SC in which they "search for a bottle of wine" and watch a movie while sitting in a hotel bed together. Neuman believes the two had sexual relations.
11:02 AM - Peters says on the way back to Atlanta, Hemy Neuman describes an experience where an angel told him Rusty Sneiderman was going to harm his children; he said the angel advised him to kill Sneiderman.
11:26 AM - Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman exchange three calls and 15 text messages the night before Rusty Sneiderman's murder. Sinderman calls Neuman repeatedly an hour after finding out about the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.
11:36 AM - Court adjourns for recess.
11:42 AM - Court back in session.
12:03 PM - Court adjourns for lunch recess.
1:30 PM - Court returns from lunch recess.
1:33 PM - Attorney for Andrea Sneiderman approaches and addresses the bench on behalf of his client. Suggests entering a motion to prohibit the showing of Sneiderman being cross-examined or of her testimony, on television, to "protect Andrea Sneiderman and her children" from the "salacious" details that may emerge from the cross-examination.
1:39 PM - Andrea Sneiderman takes the witness stand to be examined by the prosecution.
1:44 PM - Sneiderman discusses position at General Electric and what it entailed. She acknowledges that Neuman was her "boss" and that her job required travel, both, with and without Neuman.
1:46 PM - "We had a lot of money saved in the bank" explains Sneiderman. "When other people were out, we were inside eating peanut butter and jelly. We always lived within our means."
1:49 PM - "We had about $800,000 in the bank and two homes; the one we lived in and a lake house in Eatonton."
1:52 PM - "We worked in different buildings but we had constant e-mail contact and lots of phone calls."
1:54 PM - Sneiderman in reference to the the "demons" claimed to be seen by Neuman: "He appeared to be an extremely normal individual."
1:56 PM - Sneiderman reveals that Neuman told her he didn't feel valued at General Electric. Sneiderman sought to connect her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, with the defendant, Hemy Neuman, about business opportunities.
1:58 PM - Neuman read Sneiderman a poem at dinner that indicated he had "deeper feelings" for her. According to Sneiderman, "the defendant only indicated that he had feelings for me that time or in passing or in a funny way."
2:03 PM - Sneiderman claims she didn't report Neuman's advances because she was afraid she would be fired.
2:07 PM - Sneiderman is presented with e-mails from Neuman; one of the e-mails titled "Pic" contained a picture of a waterfall and the message: "...waterfall in a cave. Yes. And wishing you were here." Sneiderman responded "Ditto".
2:14 PM - The defense plays a snippet from the police interrogation of Andrea Sneiderman. Sneiderman was interrogated the day after her husband was murdered.
2:17 PM - Geary contradicts Sneiderman's alibi of not being knowledgeable about Neuman sending, both, flowers and chocolates to her; despite being presented with e-mail proof of receipt.
2:21 PM - Sneiderman denies that she and Hemy Neuman were romantically involved; she explains that she used the word "romantic because he [Neuman] used the word."
2:25 PM - "I don't have memory of most e-mails I write, after a two year period," Sneiderman said.
2:26 PM - The defense produces an e-mail from Neuman where he proclaims Sneiderman as his "everything."
2:33 PM - Sneiderman appears visibly shaken and disoriented describing the business trip she and Neuman took to Greenville, SC.
2:36 PM - Geary presents receipts from meals at Macaroni Grill, Publix and The Cazbah. The witness and the defendant shared a bottle of wine called "Red [expletive]."
2:46 PM - Neuman asked Sneiderman to "be with" him "forever" via e-mail following their business trip in Denver, Co.; she figured he was being a "silly boy."
2:50 PM - Neuman suggested going to a dance club and a theater while planning his itinerary [with Sneiderman] for an international business trip to England.
2:53 PM - Sneiderman reveals that she is a "trained dancer" and has been dancing since she was 5. She says that she doesn't go to dance clubs to "dance with guys."
2:58 PM - Sneiderman confesses that she visited the Edinburgh Castle with Neuman and met with the [others] co-workers, later.
3:01 PM - Geary presents an e-mail revealing that Sneiderman paid for a hotel room in England where they [Sneiderman and Neman] stayed, together, on her GE Amex card.
3:02 PM - Judge Adams calls for a brief recess.
3:10 PM - Court was resumed.
3:29 PM - Sneiderman describes an encounter between her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, and Hemy Neuman. "He ran into a trail between my house and a neighboring street. He would have only know about that if she had been watching my house."
3:31 PM - Andrea Sneiderman claims Hemy Neuman was stalking her at her home.
3:34 PM - Sneiderman claims that Neuman knew what time Rusty Sneiderman took her son, Ian, to daycare, daily, around the same time.
3:34 PM - Sneiderman says a representative from the daycare, Ann, called her explaining that there had been an "accident" at the daycare.
3:37 PM - Sneiderman called Neuman to let him know she had left the office to go retrieve her son from daycare, she explains that calling Neuman was a "natural reaction, to call your boss when you leave work."
3:39 PM - Sneiderman appears visibly bothered when asked by Asst. DA Geary if she "called Rusty" upon hearing about the accident. Sneiderman says she didn't call Rusty because she figured he wouldn't be able to answer.
3:43 PM - Andrea Sneiderman learned that her husband had been killed, in the "death room," at Atlanta Medical. Despite having knowledge that her husband had been killed, Andrea Sneiderman left her child at daycare.
3:44 PM - Upon learning about the death of her husband, Neuman retrieved Sneiderman's laptop from her office.
3:48 PM - Sneiderman celebrated her anniversary in Florida and believed that Neuman has been monitoring her travel and that he had followed her to Florida.
3:55 PM - Sneiderman learns that DeKalb County Police Investigators recorded portions of her conversations with them; seems visibly agitated.
3:56 PM - Prosecutors play a clip of Sneiderman crying and upset because Neuman didn't want to meet with her.
4:02 PM - Sneiderman explains that she thought Neuman was in love with her which is why she believes he killed her husband; she makes the statement: "What other reason does someone kill someone. I don't think there are any good reasons."
4:10 PM - Court is dismissed for a brief recess.
4:25 PM - Court resumes and the defense approaches the bench to examine Andrea Sneiderman.
4:30 PM - Sneiderman details her work history beginning after graduation from Indiana University.
4:58 PM - Court adjourns for the day.
Wednesday | February 22, 2012
9:12 AM - Court resumes. Andrea Sneiderman returns to the witness stand, the defense continues to question her.
9:33 AM - Andrea Sneiderman says she told the police on November 19 that Hemy Neuman expressed an interest in her. "I told the police about my boss when they came to my home."
9:38 AM - The defense attorney asks, if Sneiderman recalls telling a friend that the sketch looked like Hemy Neuman; she goes on to say that she "saw a lot of faces in that sketch as I am sure others did."
9:45 AM - Judge admonishes the defense attorney after the attorney asks Sneiderman "is something funny." The judge says, "Ask questions. You are not to comment about the witness. Ask questions."
9:50 AM - Sneiderman asks judge and attorney to address her as "Mrs. Sneiderman." Judge Adams and Attorney have no objection.
9:58 AM - Andrea Sneiderman claims Neuman stalked her while Attorney questions her about receiving flowers from him.
10:03 AM - Attorney questions Sneiderman about her conversations about parenting with the defendant. Judge dismisses court for brief "stretch break."
10:12 AM - Judge calls court back into session.
10:18 AM - Sneiderman confirms that Neuman e-mailed her advice on how to spend time with her children. Saying "work on it with Sophia. When you're working on it don't think about anything except for her."
10:20 AM - Attorney presents an e-mail showing a photo that, allegedly, contains an attached photo of Sneiderman showcasing her daughter [Sophia's] school project.
10:22 AM - "I didn't usually control where the rooms were," Sneiderman when asked about the reservations she made for adjoining hotel rooms with the defendant.
10:25 AM - Neuman marked the birthday's of Sneiderman's children in his iPad calender. Attorney reveals that the defendant also sent coupons for children's productions, like Sesame Street , to the witness, Sneiderman.
10:29 AM - Sneiderman confirms that she didn't call HR or tell Neuman to stop talking about her children. Sneiderman then states, "He was a predator."
10:31 AM - Attorney presents a trail of e-mails from Rusty Sneiderman to Andrea Sneiderman and forwarded to Hemy Neuman of her daughter [Sophia's] birthday party.
10:45 AM - Judge Adams gives the jury a stretch break.
10:54 AM - Sneiderman claims that her big regret was "partner dancing" with Hemy Neuman. Says she thought about quitting her job because she felt they had gone too far. Sneiderman says she even though about quitting her job.
11:04 AM - Attorney presents evidence of extensive calls and text messages to Neuman from Sneiderman.
11:07 AM - Neuman sent Sneiderman an iTunes song after which Sneiderman told her friend that she felt uncomfortable about him sending her messages; she decided to go to the police.
11:10 AM - Sneiderman gave her cousin her [work] latptop password for him to give to Hemy Neuman for access. She contradicts her earlier claim that Neuman got her password from looking over her shoulder.
11:12 AM - Sneiderman confirms that she cashed out her husbands $2 million life insurance policy.
11:13 AM - Brief break. Defense attorneys complete cross-examination of witness.
11:17 AM - The prosecution will conduct a redirect examination of witness, Andrea Sneiderman.
11:27 AM - During questioning Sneiderman confuses Neuman and her husband Rusty, saying, "Have you seen what has happened to my life since Hemy was murdered?"
11:28 AM - Judge Adams dismisses Andrea Sneiderman from the witness stand and tells her she must leave the courtroom for the remainder of the trial.
11:30 AM - GE Employee takes the stand and is being examined by Robert James , the DeKalb County District Attorney.
11:36 AM - Says Neuman seemed concerned that Andrea Sniderman's husband had been killed but remained calm and normal.
11:39 AM - Witness is dismissed.
11:43 AM - Sneiderman's attorney requests a motion to allow Sneiderman back into the courtroom. The judge accepts.
11:43 AM - Brady Blackburn, a front desk agent at the Hampton Inn in Longmont , Colorado is called to the witness stand by Robert James , the DeKalb County District Attorney.
11:48 AM - Neuman calls the front desk agent and said Andrea would be meeting him at the hotel and that they were "newlyweds". Neuman requested flowers to be placed in her room and that she would be arriving later; he explained that they were married the day before. Neuman the front desk agent to "go to a store and buy Andrea the most expensive flowers that he could afford."
11:52 AM - The front desk agent claims that when Sneiderman received word that "Hemy" said "he loved her" Sneiderman "put her head down and smiled".
11:52 AM - Blackburn is, now, being questioned by the defense.
11:56 AM - Blackburn claims Neuman asked three of his colleagues to provide flowers and chocolate for Andrea Sneiderman. However, he did deliver a para-phrased hand-written note to Sneiderman from Neuman, written by his colleague.
12:02 PM - Judge Adams dismisses the courtroom for a "mid-day" break.
1:32 PM - Court returns from lunch break. Blackburn is released from his subpoena.
1:33 PM - Prosecution calls Linda Powers, a former Hampton Inn front desk clerk, to the witness stand.
1:35 PM - Neuman asked Powers to deliver flowers and chocolate to Sneiderman, who he referred to as his new wife.
1:40 PM - The prosecution calls Ruth Ingraham, a front desk agent at the Hampton Inn, to the witness stand.
1:43 PM - Neuman asked Ingraham to put flowers, chocolates and a nice card to put in the room of his new wife named Andrea Sneiderman.
1:49 PM - Ingraham is dismissed from the witness stand. Ingraham is released from her subpoena.
1:51 PM - The prosecution calls Lindsay Clayton, the Hampton Inn's front desk manager, to the witness stand.
1:54 PM - The prosecution produces documentation of a room change request from Andrea Sneiderman. Clayton reads documentation indicating Sneiderman changed her room reservation to from "a room with two beds for one person to a room with one bed for two people."
1:56 PM - Clayton is dismissed and released from her subpoena.
1:57 PM - The prosecution calls an airline employee to the witness stand.
2:01 PM - The prosecution calls Michael Heater, General Manager of the Embassy Suites in Greenville, SC to the witness stand.
2:05 PM - Heater confirms that Sneiderman and Neuman stayed in adjoining "non-smoking" rooms with "king sized" beds.
2:05 PM - The prosecution calls Michael Bonasia, a Hampton Inn General Manager, to the witness stand.
2:08 PM - Bonasia confirms the prosecutions claims and is dismissed and
2:11 PM - The prosecution calls Christine Olivera, a bartender at Pulse Lounge in Greenville, SC to the witness stand.
2:13 PM - Olivera states Neuman initiated conversation with her, said "she's dealing with a real jerk at home and needs this type of environment."
2:15 PM - Says Neuman and Sneiderman were "groping" each other on the dance floor and giving each other "mouth to mouth" kisses.
2:21 PM - "They were flirting with each other in a danceful way," says bartender Christina Olivera.
2:23 PM - The prosecution calls Melanie White, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent to the witness stand.
2:27 PM - Neuman expressed to White that he was financially strapped which is why he moved out of the house; she said he told her that he was "fond" of someone at his workplace.
2:30 PM - Court is dismissed for brief recess.
2:43 PM - Court back in session.
2:44 PM - White says Neuman met her at Perimeter Mall food court to discuss a business trip with Sneiderman to London on Yom Kippur.
2:47 PM - Neuman told White that during the London trip, Sneiderman and Neuman got closer and that they had declared themselves "soul mates" but that Sneiderman wouldn't leave her husband.
3:04 PM - "I couldn't have sex with someone I didn't love," Neuman wrote about Andrea Sneiderman in a letter read to the court by Melanie White.
3:06 PM - White reveals that Neuman sent a bulk email to family and friends, apologizing for leaving his wife and children. The email was sent in early October 2010.
3:14 PM - White reads an email that she sent Neuman in September 2010, which gives her opinion that Andrea Sneiderman had no intention of leaving her husband, Rusty, although she most likely reciprocated Neuman's feelings during their trip to London.
3:17 PM - Melanie White is released; Orna Hanison, a General Electric human resources employee, is called to the stand.
3:21 PM - Hanison reveals that Neuman was frustrated at GE and told her that he was having trouble advancing his career.
3:23 PM - Neuman also said that he was in debt and that he was no longer in love with his wife, according to Hanison; she said he told her that he was having an affair with a much-younger Jewish woman who had two small children.
3:32 PM - Hanison explains that Neuman called her saying her was going to Florida for a funeral with "the girls."
4:37 PM - Gun dealer, DeSilva, discusses the transaction between Neuman and himself. Neuman purchased the gun at the Atlanta Fish Market.
4:39 PM - DeSilva says he sold the weapon in about fifteen minutes. Neuman reveals to the dealer that he is from Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish; they engaged in brief conversation about GA Tech and Puerto Rico. They talked about how the gun works; the dealer provided him with "hollow point" and "target" bullets.
4:46 PM - DeSilva discusses a second encounter with Neuman. Neuman said he had a problem with the gun and that he threw it into Lake Lanier. Neuman advised DeSilva to "never have a mistress; " he says he had an altercation with the family where he flashed the gun and had to get rid of it.
4:48 PM - Neuman asked DeSilva to telling the people who would be "looking for him" that he was a "friend from GA Tech." Neuman, also, tried to offer him money to lie to the people who would be "looking for him."
4:55 PM - DeSilva is dismissed from the witness stand.
4:56 PM - Prosecution calls former attendant from Pannell's Firearms in Woodstock, Ga.
4:59 PM - Neuman purchased a $1 silhouette target.
5:04 PM - Court is adjourned for the day.
Thursday | February 23, 2012
9:04 AM - Shayna Citron, a "close friend" of Andrea Sneiderman, is called to the stand by the defense. Citron claims that Andrea and her husband had several fights, including a "large" one after one of Andrea's business trips.
9:07 AM - Citron says that for "a period of time," she was "concerned" about the possibility that the Sneidermans' marriage would end, and that Andrea said she "appreciated" positive attention from Neuman at her job.
9:20 AM - According to Citron, Sneiderman had grown tired of Rusty loosing jobs and being fired.
9:27 AM - "I though that was strange; who would want their work computer when their husband had just been killed?" Citron expressed. She thought her Neuman wanted her to work during her bereavement.
9:37 AM - Donald Sneiderman, the father of Rusty Sneiderman, is called to the witness stand by the defense.
9:43 AM - Donald Sneiderman discusses the day his son, Rusty, was killed and his funeral.
9:45 AM - Sneiderman discusses Rusty Sneiderman's Shiva, a Jewish celebration of mourning, and confirms that Hemy Neuman was in attendance.
9:47 AM - Aurora Juarez, Jan DeSilva's ex-girlfriend, is called to the witness stand by the defense.
9:48 AM - Juarez says that DeSilva gave her a shell casing because they "like guns and it was the first one they shot together." She gave that shell casing to the District Attorney.
9:49 AM - Defense calls Christina Testa, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car employee, to the stand.
9:58 AM - Testa confirms that Hemy Neuman rented the van used to perpetrate the crime.
9:59 AM - Neuman's defense attorney questions Christine Testa.
10:01 AM - Testa says the Neuman was "impatient", "fidgety" and "very uneasy" during the rental experience.
10:22 AM - The defense calls Greg Gibbons, Service Director at Ed Voyles Honda, to the stand.
10:25 AM - Neuman took his car to Ed Voyles for a warranty repair. He didn't wait on his car at the dealer; he rented a vehicle while the repair was being made.
10:30 AM - The defense calls Hank Baley, an employee at A Costume Ball, to the stand.
10:34 AM - The prosecution calls Alice Roberts, an engineering manager at General Electric, to the stand.
10:37 AM - Roberts claims that the defendant and Sneiderman were "very familiar"; she assumed that they had known each other before working together. Roberts, also, noted that the two "hung together" at a Braves games with the others mingled.
10:40 AM - During a one-on-one meeting with Roberts, Neuman found out about the death of Sneiderman's husband. Neuman seemed normal up until he was apprehended by police.
10:46 AM - Roberts noted that that Neuman and Sneiderman would usually sit together at meetings.
10:52 AM - Jerry Morton, a quality control manager at General Electric is called to the stand.
10:55 AM - Morton met with Neuman and Sneiderman about a new project and according to Morton, seemed "out of the ordinary" during the meeting.
11:03 AM - Court goes into brief recess.
11:14 AM - Judge refutes claim of "danger" and resumes court session.
11:18 AM - Judge Adams dismisses court session due to flickering light and other obligations.