HEMY NEUMAN | Murder trial live blog II | News
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. Read our blog of the closing arguments here.
PHOTOS | The Hemy Neuman murder trial
DAY SEVEN | Monday, March 12, 2012
11:29 a.m. - The trial will resume with closing arguments Tuesday at 9 a.m.
11:23 a.m. - Judge Adams closes the evidence portion of the case. Closing arguments will follow.
11:19 a.m. - The trial resumes. Dr. Marks is released and the defense rests.
11:10 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a brief break.
11:01 a.m. - After reviewing records from Dr. Crawford, Dr. Marks restates her opinion that Neuman suffers from bipolar disorder, and that the records confirm the disorder.
10:56 a.m. - Dr. Marks says she "agreed to a cap of $5,000" when being paid for her evaluation in the case; Dr. Crawford testified earlier that the state owed her $60,000 for her evaluation.
10:40 a.m. - The defense plays a video of Neuman's interview with Dr. Crawford, describing his stint in an Israeli boarding school. Dr. Marks confirms that Neuman displayed similar emotion during her interviews.
10:28 a.m. - Defense attorney Rubin has Dr. Marks compare her interview with Neuman with the interview conducted by Dr. Crawford; Dr. Marks confirms that Neuman told both of them the same stories about his life.
10:21 a.m. - Dr. Marks says she "took [Dr. Crawford's] report into account" when she reached her opinion about Neuman's mental health.
10:18 a.m. - Hughes is released. The defense calls Dr. Tracey Marks back to the stand.
10:17 a.m. - Hughes says she is not aware of Dr. Pam Crawford contacting the board to ask about performing a forensic evaluation in Georgia, where she is not licensed.
10:07 a.m. - Judge Adams overrules the state's objection. The defense calls LaSharn Hughes, executive director of the Georgia Composite Medical Board, to the stand.
10:02 a.m. - The defense plans to call in a witness who will question Dr. Pam Crawford's credibility; the prosecution objects to this, saying the fact that Dr. Crawford is not licensed to practice medicine in Georgia is irrelevant.
9:55 a.m. - After a break, Judge Adams announces that one of the jurors was caught reading a book -- the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Neither the prosecution nor the defense has an opinion on this issue, so the judge will not address it.
9:38 a.m. - Dr. Brickhouse is released. The state rests.
9:36 a.m. - Dr. Brickhouse says depression and suicidal tendencies, which Neuman had, are symptoms of bipolar disorder, but a person must have at least five of the nine symptoms of the disorder to be considered bipolar.
9:33 a.m. - Dr. Brickhouse says Neuman told him he was not suicidal when he visited the defendant in jail in March 2011. Peters reads a passage from Dr. Brickhouse's report that contradicts this.
9:31 a.m. - Geary ask if a person with bipolar disorder can "just turn it off." Dr. Brickhouse says, "Absent medical treatment, no." Geary finishes; Peters stands to question the witness again.
9:25 a.m. - "If you're bipolar, it's coming out at some point in time," Dr. Brickhouse said. "It's ... chronic." He also says that people with bipolar disorder can act normal and have "rest periods," as Neuman did when he was in jail, but in response to a question from Geary, he says he does not believe Neuman is bipolar, and that his staff did not note any signs of the disorder for the entire three month Neuman was in the DeKalb County Jail.
9:23 a.m. - Peters finishes; prosecutor Don Geary approaches for a redirect examination.
9:20 a.m. - "Testing is always done in contest," Dr. Brickhouse says. "It doesn't give you the ability to go backward ... or forward in time. It gives your a description ... of that human behavior." The witness only saw Neuman in jail and therefore disregarded tests that assessed his behavior before the defendant's imprisonment, including on the day of the murder.
9:09 a.m. - Defense attorney Doug Peters asks Dr. Brickhouse about his opinion that Neuman experienced no delusions while in jail and reinforces his point that this did not mean Neuman was delusion-free during Sneiderman's murder; Dr. Brickhouse confirms this.
9:03 a.m. - Dr. Jerome Brickhouse returns to the stand.
8:58 a.m. - Neuman enters the courtroom; Judge Adams enters shortly afterward.
DAY SIX | Friday, March 9, 2012
5:17 p.m. - Court is adjourned. Cross-examinations will resume on Monday morning.
5:06 p.m. - Brickhouse claims that "if Neuman were delusional he would still show some indications of being delusional"; he hasn't had any medication since he was incarcerated and the doctor hasn't seen any indication of delusions.
4:44 p.m. - Brickhouse claims that Neuman didn't share any details of about his relationship with Andrea Sneiderman with him during their evaluations.
4:40 p.m. - Counsel for Hemy Neuman, Douglas Peters, approaches the stand to cross-examine the witness.
4:35 p.m. - Neuman was "rather even-keeled", according to Brickhouse, "but I'm speaking in a jail frame of mind."
4:31 p.m. - Neuman demonstrated regular behavior, according to Brickhouse, he "hoarded food and spoke with the guards" he never acted "hurried" or out of the norm.
4:20 p.m. - Neuman confessed to killing Sneiderman to Brickhouse and he claimed to have "five razors" and that he was suicidal. Brickhouse moved him to "stabilize him." He was moved to a psychiatric unit to be observed.
4:16 p.m. - Neuman called Brickhouse and said that some people in his jail "pod" wanted to "throw him down a flight of stairs" because he was Jewish; after which, Neuman was moved to protective custody.
4:10 p.m. - Brickhouse says didn't detect any suicidal or homicaidal tendencies in Neuman. He felt Neuman's mental state was normal or "unremarkable."
4:06 p.m. - Dr. Brickhouse verifies that Neuman confirmed that fact the he has three children.
4:02 p.m. - Dr. Brickhouse's phone rings while he's on the stand is taken by the court deputy.
4:01 p.m. - The state calls Jerome Brickhouse, the Director of Mental Health for the DeKalb County Jail, to the witness stand.
3:59 p.m. - Court returns from break.
3:36 p.m. - The state calls Richard DeManche, an engineering manager at GE, to the stand.
3:35 p.m. - The defense finishes its cross-examination; Gebhardt is released.
3:34 p.m. - Gebhardt claims he did not know that, at Andrea Sneiderman's request, Rusty Sneiderman was helping Neuman look for another job.
3:32 p.m. - The prosecution finishes its questioning; Bob Rubin rises to cross-examine Gebhardt.
3:31 p.m. - DeKalb County D.A. Robert James asks Gebhardt if Neuman ever had mood swings, manic episodes or lapses in logic while at work; Gebhardt says he did not.
3:25 p.m. - Gebhardt says that in 2010, he worked with Neuman to help him earn a promotion at GE. Neuman received the same performance review of "excellent" that year.
3:23 p.m. - Gebhardt says Neuman received the second-highest possible performance review in 2009, meaning that he considered the defendant an above-average employee. He says Neuman did not express dissatisfaction about the evaluation right away.
3:18 p.m. - The prosecution plays a videotaped interview between Neuman and Dr. Pam Crawford; in it, Neuman laments what he considers to be a mediocre performance review from Gebhardt in 2009.
3:07 p.m. - Gebhardt explains the way he evaluates his employees during their annual performance reviews. He says that Neuman received a score of "excellent" during his 2009 evaluation; he exceeded expectations for his work performance and met expectations for his values.
3:03 p.m. - The prosecution calls Eric Gebhardt, VP of thermal engineering for GE, to the stand; Neuman reported to Gebhardt at his job.
3:01 p.m. - Cross-examination of Dr. Crawford is completed; she is released.
2:52 p.m. - After a brief break, cross-examination of Dr. Crawford resume.s She says that she did not try to contact the other psychologists who tested and questioned Neuman.
2:30 p.m. - "She finally gave in," Neuman said in an email, regarding sex with Andrea Sneiderman. Rubin asks Dr. Crawford if she questioned Neuman and Andrea about this email; Dr. Crawford says she did not.
2:21 p.m. - "Why would [Neuman] be certain about some details ... but not remember other ones?" Rubin asks. "I think he was pretending not to remember," Dr. Crawford replies, talking about Neuman's supposed spotty memory of his relationship with Andrea Sneiderman and his certainty that the two never had sex.
2:09 p.m. - Rubin questions Dr. Crawford about the relationship between Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman; the victim's widow denied having any sort of relationship with Neuman, while the suspect talked about how they kissed while lying under the stars near Lake Tahoe, even though Andrea continued reaffirming her dedication to Rusty.
2:06 p.m. - While Ariela Neuman knew of her husband's suicidal thoughts, Hemy never mentioned the shack demon to anyone until after Sneiderman's death, Dr. Crawford says.
1:57 p.m. - Dr. Crawford says she has no evidence of Neuman researching ways to fake the symptoms of malingering or of bipolar disorder. One symptom of malingering is exaggerating psychiatric symptoms; Rubin asks Dr. Crawford if she saw any evidence of Neuman exaggerating on the details of his childhood and his tumultuous relationship with his father; Dr. Crawford says she did not.
1:53 p.m. - Dr. Crawford says Andrea Sneiderman informed her during their interview that Neuman was aware of the $2 million life insurance policy on Rusty Sneiderman.
1:49 p.m. - Rubin asks Dr. Crawford if she took Ariela Neuman's anger at her husband into account during their interview, and wonders whether Ariela may have lied because of that anger.
1:44 p.m. - Dr. Crawford says she did not ask Ariela Neuman for a copy of her marital therapy records during their interview. Rubin reminds Dr. Crawford of her earlier expressed belief of "the more information that you have, the better."
1:35 p.m. - Defense attorney Bob Rubin gives Dr. Crawford a copy of Ariela Neuman's records from marital counseling and asks her to "dog-ear" pages that contain key information.
1:29 p.m. - The trial resumes. Cross-examination of Dr. Pamela Crawford continues.
11:59 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a lunch break.
11:54 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says the prosecution did not provide her with Ariela Neuman's portion of the records from the couple's marital counseling. Rubin asks if potential information in those records could be important to this case; Dr. Crawford admits that it may be.
11:46 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says Andrea Sneiderman denied having an affair with Neuman during an interview; however, Dr. Crawford says her findings made it "pretty evident that they'd had a relationship."
11:45 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says that she spent roughly 200 hours reviewing the documents in the Neuman case. She charges $300 per hour, meaning that the state owes her about $60,000 for her work, she says.
11:38 a.m. - Dr. Crawford's board certification lapsed in 2008 and she did not renew it, but she never called the board to tell them her certification had expired, Rubin says. The board's website still reflects that Dr. Crawford is certified, he says.
11:30 a.m. - Rubin questions Dr. Crawford's calling the Georgia Composite Medical Board to make sure it was okay for her to evaluate Neuman, as she is not licensed to practice medicine in the state, although she is licensed in South Carolina. Dr. Crawford says the board assured her that it was acceptable, as evaluations are not considered the practice of medicine in Georgia.
11:26 a.m. - The prosecution finishes its questioning. Defense attorney Bob Rubin approaches to cross-examine Dr. Crawford.
11:25 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says she finds Neuman "criminally responsible for the murder" of Rusty Sneiderman.
11:23 a.m. - After talking with Neuman's wife, the woman he was living with at the time of Rusty's death, and Andrea Sneiderman, Dr. Crawford says she concluded that Neuman is and never was manic and bipolar. She claims she does not agree with the opinions of Drs. Flores and Marks.
11:19 a.m. - After a brief break, Geary asks Dr. Crawford about Andrea Sneiderman; the witness says Neuman told her that Andrea informed him Rusty had been shot while she was driving to Atlanta Medical Center to see her husband.
11:01 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says Neuman told her that he attempted suicide seven times over the course of his life. When he thought about killing himself in 2010, he considered driving off the road and making it look like an accident so his family could collect life insurance money.
10;53 a.m. - Neuman became depressed in 2010, Dr. Crawford says. Several things contributed to the depression -- an average performance review at work, troubles in his marriage, etc. -- which led to the return of the shack demon and made him contemplate suicide.
10:48 a.m. - In a videotaped interview with Dr. Crawford, Neuman outlines his many responsibilities at work, and then describes killing Sneiderman as "just another thing I needed to do." At Geary's request, Dr. Crawford says that a manic or bipolar person could not function on the high level that Neuman functioned at his GE job.
10:32 a.m. - Dr. Crawford describes Neuman's plans to kill Sneiderman as "detailed and methodical." The fact that he could plan and execute with such detail is not consistent with being acutely manic or psychotic, she says.
10:24 a.m. - Neuman told Dr. Crawford that on November 10, 2010, he tried to kill Sneiderman at his home, but the plan was foiled during a gas leak; Rusty smelled the gas, went outside to check and spotted Neuman. Geary shows videos of Neuman's interviews with Dr. Crawford, which confirm this story.
10:19 a.m. - Neuman thought of several ways to kill Rusty, including stabbing, poison and staging an accident, but decided that shooting was the "cleanest way" and the best way to ensure the victim would die and not just be injured, Dr. Crawford says. This proves that Neuman is not acutely manic, as manic people are often impulsive and don't make multiple plans when doing something.
10:17 a.m. - "He offers no compelling reason for doing this," Dr. Crawford testifies, saying that Neuman felt "no urgency" to kill Sneiderman and yet did so anyway, and later acknowledged that "Rusty may not have been the best dad, but he wasn't a bad dad."
10:11 a.m. - The trial resumes with prosecutor Don Geary claiming that Neuman gave the false name of a witness while being interviewed; Geary asks for permission to call the true witness. Judge Adams grants that permission.
10:01 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a brief break.
9:58 a.m. - Neuman could not specify the danger the Sneiderman kids were facing, Dr. Crawford says. He did express a fear that they would end up "alone" like he was as a child.
9:54 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says that nothing in Neuman's life indicated that he believed the Sneiderman children were his -- in fact, he didn't meet the children until after Rusty's death. At the beginning of their interviews, she said Neuman told her he had three children, referring to his biological kids with wife Ariela.
9:45 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says that Neuman could remember little details about his affair with Andrea Sneiderman (i.e. they watched The Goodbye Girl while on a business trip), but couldn't recall whether they had sex.
9:42 a.m. - Neuman admitted to an affair with Andrea Sneiderman while speaking with Dr. Crawford, she testifies. Prosecutor Don Geary plans video clips of Neuman discussing the affair with Dr. Crawford.
9:40 a.m. - Dr. Crawford goes on to say that she found no evidence of Neuman suffering hallucinations throughout his life.
9:38 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says she believes Neuman's symptoms are "more consistent with malingering," in direct contrast to what Drs. Flores and Marks said earlier in the trial. She cites Neuman's behavior after the shooting as proof of this.
9:34 a.m. - Dr. Crawford describes the "eternal inconsistency" of Neuman's stories about the shack demon.
9:32 a.m. - Neuman told Dr. Crawford that he believed the "shack demon" was all his fears and worries taking physical form, she testifies.
9:29 a.m. - Dr. Crawford testifies that Neuman told her an angel appeared to him as he was driving home after meeting Rusty Sneiderman for the first time. The angel told him that the Sneiderman children were in danger and Neuman needed to kill Rusty in order to save them.
9:22 a.m. - "It's my opinion ... that Mr. Neuman would be considered, under Georgia law, criminally responsible for the murder of Rusty Sneiderman," Dr. Crawford says, adding that Neuman was well aware of the difference between right and wrong when he shot Sneiderman.
9:19 a.m. - Dr. Crawford says that she recorded all of her interviews with Neuman, and does not believe that the recording devices made him nervous or affected his honesty.
9:15 a.m. - Dr. Crawford reads a list of people with whom she talked, all of whom know Neuman, in the days following Sneiderman's death.
9:09 a.m. - Dr. Crawford expresses doubt that insanity could go unnoticed when a supposedly insane person has daily interaction with lots of people.
9:03 a.m. - The prosecution calls Dr. Pamela Crawford back to the stand.
9 a.m. - Judge Adams enters the courtroom; the trial will begin with rebuttal witnesses from the state.
DAY FIVE | Thursday, March 8, 2012
4:39 p.m. - Court is adjourned for the day.
4:21 p.m. - Judge Adams rules that Dr. Crawford is an expert in her field, despite an objection by the defense.
4:10 p.m. - Attorneys from the defense question Dr. Crawford about her credentials. Crawford confirms that she isn't licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and that she isn't a board certified psychiatrist.
4:02 p.m. - Dr. Crawford explains her education and her credentials; she served in the Air Force and retired as a major. Crawford worked in an inpatient sanity unit.
3:58 p.m. - The state calls Pamela Crawford, a psychiatrist, to the witness stand.
3:58 p.m. - The defense and the state have, both, rested their cases in chief.
3:45 p.m. - Neuman declined his right to testify.
3:37 p.m. - "Have you ever been wrong before?" Geary asks Dr. Marks, regarding diagnoses of insanity. "I don't know if I've been wrong ... it's my opinion, so it's not as though there's someone who's going to determine if my opinion is right or wrong ... there's not like there's an ultimate person who says 'let me tell you after the fact that you're wrong,'" Dr. Marks says.
3:33 p.m. - Geary asks Dr. Marks why Neuman left his cell phone behind when he shot Sneiderman, and why he used guest passes to access the GE building when he returned to work after the shooting; "I don't know," Dr. Marks says in response.
3:28 p.m. - Dr. Marks says that Neuman's impetus for hiding his actions was the fear that Andrea Sneiderman would find out and not want him anymore. Geary asks if Neuman ever showed fear for the fact that killing Sneiderman was against the law; "He didn't believe that he was breaking law," Dr. Marks replies. "He didn't see this as murder ... he saw himself as on a mission to protect the [Sneiderman] kids."
3:24 p.m. - Defense attorney Bob Rubin objects to Geary's questioning, asking the prosecutor to stop using the word "hallucinations" to refer to Neuman's delusions. Judge Adams overrules, saying that the witness, Dr. Marks, seemed to understand Geary's questions.
3:22 p.m. - "I think his childhood trauma and abandonment form the basis of [Neuman's] delusions," Dr. Marks says. Geary counters with "not every abandoned child in the world has delusions."
3:20 p.m. - Dr. Marks says that she did not inform the jail of Neuman's past suicidal tendencies because they happened many years before Sneiderman's death.
3:14 p.m. - "If Neuman never believed the [Sneiderman] children were his, does that change your opinion [about his delusions]?" Geary asks Dr. Marks. "Maybe," she says. "I would base my finding of insanity on what else he thought ... he could've believed something else that warranted that kind of action," meaning killing Rusty Sneiderman.
3:09 p.m. - After meeting Rusty Sneiderman in August 2010, Neuman received a visit from an angel who told him that Sneiderman was putting his children in danger, and Neuman needed to kill him, Dr. Marks testifies.
3:05 p.m. - Dr. Marks describes Neuman as erotomatic, or extremely attached to a "love object" (in this case, Andrea Sneiderman). In his cross-examination, Geary tries to prove that Neuman did not suffer from erotomania and did not truly believe the Sneiderman children were at risk by living with their father, Rusty.
2:58 p.m. - Atty. Geary asks Dr. Marks if "amnesia" is a symptom of bipolar disorder. Marks says "no". Atty. Geary replies by saying, "you believe that a man remembers every detail, even the movie they watched, but cant remember of he and his girlfriend had sex."
2:52 p.m. - Atty. Geary asks Dr. Marks if she could "see the lies" Hemy Neuman was telling. He asks her if "someone is able to lie at will, why would ever believe them". Dr. Marks says the lies were part of his delusions.
2:31 p.m. - Dr. Marks explains Neuman's "hyper-sexuality" as one of the characteristics of his delusions.
2:04 p.m. - Court is called back into session.
1:44 p.m. - Judge Adams gives Neuman the option of testifying; Neuman decides not to.
1:41 p.m. - The defense finishes questioning Dr. Marks; Don Geary prepares to cross-examine the witness, and asks for access to notes that Dr. Marks read during her testimony.
1:40 p.m. - "Mr. Neuman was insane at the time of the shooting," Dr. Marks says, adding that he didn't know right from wrong when he shot Sneiderman.
1:38 p.m. - "He really believes this stuff ... and has such little insight into the gravity of this stuff," Dr. Marks says, citing her interview with Neuman after Sneiderman's death. "People who have no insight don't get it, and he doesn't get it," she adds, describing Neuman as "delusional."
1:35 p.m. - Dr. Marks says that she performed testing on Neuman that concluded that he was not faking his symptoms of a mental disorder.
1:29 p.m. - The trial resumes; Judge Adams calls the jury back into the courtroom.
11:57 a.m. - Judge Adams dismisses the court for lunch.
11:50 a.m. - Dr. Marks explains that Neuman was cognizant of what he was doing when he murdered Rusty Sneiderman but hid the fact that he committee the murder because he didn't want Sneiderman to find out.
11:47 a.m. - "Normally delusional people aren't walking around with glazed eyes or speaking in tongues," Dr. Marks explains.
11:33 a.m. - Dr. Marks says that Neuman remembers everything about the morning he killed Rusty Sneiderman.
11:25 a.m. - According to Dr. Marks, after the trip to Greenville, Andrea Sneiderman visited Neuman at his hotel and told him that she "couldn't do this anymore"; she was referring to her "romantic" relationship with Neuman.
11:16 a.m. - Court is called back in order.
11:04 a.m. - Court is dismissed for ten minutes.
11:02 a.m. - During the Greenville trip, Neuman thinks her had sex with Andrea Neuman but wasn't sure he had engaged in sexual intercourse with her. Neuman thinks he saw Andrea nude, when she came out of the shower.
11:01 a.m. - Dr. Marks says that the testimony given to her is consistent with the one he gave to Dr. Crawford minus the Oliva Newton John vision.
10:40 a.m. - During a trip to Nevada, Neuman describes to Dr. Marks that the couple became more "romantic"; during that trip Neuman kissed Andrea and he gave her a foot massage.
10:34 a.m. - Neuman's description of his episodes convinces Dr. Marks that he has bipolar disorder, she tells the court. His family history of the disorder (one of Neuman's maternal aunts has it) confirms this for Dr. Marks.
10:28 a.m. - The "shack demon" returned in February 2010, Dr. Marks says, citing a conversation she had with Neuman. This time, the demon said "come with me" and encouraged Neuman to end his life, which made the defendant consider running his car off the road, Dr. Marks says.
10:24 a.m. - Dr. Marks describes hypomanic people as "impulsive" and having "poor judgment," and cites another episode in Neuman's life where he decided to transfer back to the U.S. while working in Israel in 2005. In 2008, he cashed out his pension and had about $70,000 in credit card debt during another episode, she says.
10:22 a.m. - During one such hypomanic episode in 1998, Neuman left his home and job in Israel and moved his family to the United States, even though he didn't have a job lined up in his new hometown of Boca Raton, Fla., Dr. Marks says.
10:14 a.m. - Dr. Marks describes "significant episodes" that Neuman shared with her during their conversations -- "periods of having excessive energy or being very creative, sleeping three to four hours a night ... and feeling on top of the world." She calls these "hypomanic episodes." He also had a "depressive episode" in college, where he slept all the time, didn't want to do anything and sometimes felt suicidal; the "shack demon" revisited him during this time.
10:08 a.m. - Dr. Marks describes Neuman's boarding school experience -- he spent school holidays alone in a shack on the school's campus, which made him feel "like a dog," "worthless" and "like life wasn't worth living." While in the shack, he had visions of a demon wearing a black cloak, who tried to convince him to kill himself.
10:03 a.m. - Being sent to boarding school in Israel at age 13 was a turning point for Neuman, as it made him feel like he'd been "essentially orphaned," Dr. Marks says.
9:58 a.m. - "Mr. Neuman, at the time of the alleged offense, was unable to distinguish right and wrong" because of his bipolar disorder, Dr. Marks says. She delves into Neuman's childhood, describing his father as a Holocaust survivor with "an explosive temper" and his mother as often "out" and absent from the defendant's life.
9:56 a.m. - Judge Adams returns to the courtroom and calls for the jury. Witness Dr. Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist, is sworn in.
9:48 a.m. - Judge Adams denies the defense's motion for a mistrial and the request to eliminate hypothetical questions, then calls for a brief break.
9:37 a.m. - Peters finishes; Geary stands to respond and to defend his cross-examination of the defense's experts.
9:32 a.m. - Peters says Geary's conduct "lacks a good faith basis" and is swaying the jury. He says the prosecution's discounting records from Neuman's visits to therapists is an "absolute disregard" of Georgia law.
9:30 a.m. - Peters responds to Geary, describing the state's conduct when cross-examining the defense's experts.
9:28 a.m. - Geary asks Judge Adams to deny the defense's motion because the requested actions would not be "justified."
9:19 a.m. - DeKalb Chief Assistant DA Don Geary stands to respond to Peters' argument.
9:18 a.m. - Peters believes such hypothetical questions are grounds for a mistrial.
9:02 a.m. - Defense attorney Doug Peters files a motion regarding hypothetical questions that prosecutor Don Geary (who is losing his voice) asked while cross-examining Dr. Adriana Flores. The defense would like Judge Adams to place a limit on such questions for future witnesses.
8:59 a.m. - Judge Adams enters the courtroom.
DAY FOUR | Monday, March 5, 2012
4:19 p.m. - Court is dismissed until Thursday morning.
3:25 p.m. - Dr. Marks explains her credentials.
3:11 p.m. - The defense calls Dr. Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist, to the witness stand.
3:08 p.m. - According to Dr. Flores, Neuman was under reporting his symptoms, in order to, seem normal while under her examination.
2:56 p.m. - Court is called back into session.
2:37 pm. - Court is adjourned for a brief break.
2:22 p.m. - "I could be wrong," Dr. Flores tells Atty. Geary about her opinion/diagnosis of Neuman.
2:21 p.m. - "Many people who are bi-polar know the difference between right and wrong," Atty. Geary confirms with Dr. Flores.
2:13 p.m. - "All of those things are something that a delusional person would do because they're delusional," Dr. Flores tells Atty. Geary about his actions proceeding the murder.
2:03 p.m. - Judge Adams explains to Dr. Flores that she doesn't have the liberty to evade answering questions with a "yes" or "no" response.
1:58 p.m. - "Delusions are very difficult to fake", Dr. Flores tells Atty. Geary about Neuman's mental state at the time of the crime.
1:52 p.m. - "Other than what he told you, you have no idea what he was thinking at the time of the crime," Atty. Geary asks Dr. Flores referring to her claims that Neuman was experiencing a manic episode at the time of the murder.
1:47 p.m. - "His mission was to protect those children", Dr. Flores tells Atty. Geary from the prosecution. Dr. Flores sees this mission as one of the priorities or reasons for killing Rusty Sneiderman.
1:34 p.m. - Dr. Flores describes Neuman's "demon" as a realization of his inner feelings and feelings of hurt and abandonment.
1:31 p.m. - Court is called back into session.
11:57 a.m. - Judge Adams dismisses the jury for lunch.
11:55 a.m. - "If I knew, with 100 percent certainty, that Mr. Neuman had been lying to me, then yes, it does change my opinion," says Dr. Flores when Geary compares the information Neuman gave her with information he gave other psychologists who evaluated him after the shooting.
11:51 a.m. - Geary says that Dr. Flores mentioned 30 people in her testimony, but only refers to seven people in her report of Neuman's psychological state.
11:48 a.m. - "He certainly is a mental patient -- he has a mental illness," Dr. Flores says of Neuman.
11:44 a.m. - Dr. Flores explains the different between "legal right and wrong" and "moral right and wrong," and says that a defendant could potentially understand the legal version without having knowledge of the moral one.
11:39 a.m. - Dr. Flores counters: "I believe that I had sufficient information to arrive at my opinion."
11:38 a.m. - Geary suggests that Neuman only had manic episodes "when it was convenient for him," which Dr. Flores denies; Geary says that everything Dr. Flores needed to arrive at her conclusion was not provided to her by the defense, and therefore her "opinion lacks scientific validity."
11:34 a.m. - Dr. Flores says she determined that Neuman "did not know right from wrong" after completing a nine-hour interview with him. Despite having suicidal thoughts in the past, Neuman was "not in imminent danger" of killing himself after shooting Sneiderman, she says.
11:29 a.m. - The defense completes its questioning; DeKalb County Chief Assistant D.A. Don Geary approaches to cross-examine Dr. Flores.
11:28 a.m. - Based on her review of the case, Dr. Flores says that "everything points to [Neuman] being criminally insane" when he shot Rusty Sneiderman.
11:24 a.m. - Dr. Flores says that Neuman never had a physical hallucination of Barry White, but heard a "deep baritone voice" like Barry White's when the demon spoke to him; the same goes for the voice of the angel, which she says Neuman described as "like Olivia Newton-John, but without the accent." He never actually "saw" Olivia Newton-John.
11:18 a.m. - "Hypersexuality" is a symptom of bipolar disorder, according to Dr. Flores; Neuman openly talked about the shooting, the demon voices he claimed to hear and other symptoms that were consistent with bipolar disorder.
11:08 a.m. - Dr. Flores reveals that Hemy and Ariela Neuman attended marital therapy from July 2010 until November 2010 -- the month of Sneiderman's murder.
11:03 a.m. - After another break and several meetings between Judge Adams and the attorneys, Doug Peters approaches to begin questioning Dr. Flores again.
10:12 a.m. - The trial resumes. Defense attorney Doug Peters resumes questioning Dr. Flores, who says that she did not record her interviews with Neuman because of her belief that recording devices make people "not as forthcoming."
9:59 a.m. - Judge Adams calls for a 10-minute break.
9:58 a.m. - Communication between Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman was "saturated" with complaints about Rusty and implications that the Sneiderman children did not have what they needed, which caused Neuman to recall his own turbulent childhood and decide to save the kids from similar experiences, Dr. Flores says.
9:50 a.m. - Dr. Flores says that "cues" from Andrea Sneiderman cemented Neuman's delusions and created his perceived attachment to her, "manipulating him into believing what she believed and thinking what she thought."
9:43 a.m. - "The only person who could've known [Neuman] was delusional ... was Andrea Sneiderman, because the delusions were about her," Dr. Flores says.
9:39 a.m. - Dr. Flores describes Neuman's behavior throughout his life as "very consistent with bipolar disorder." She says the sole "catapult" of his behavior occurred when he decided to kill Rusty Sneiderman.
9:34 a.m. - Dr. Flores testifies that comments made by Andrea Sneiderman led Neuman to believe the Sneiderman children were in danger, and that he had to kill Rusty to protect them. The Barry White/Olivia Newton-John angels spoke to him while he was ruminating on his responsibility toward the children.
9:30 a.m. - "I was driven not by killing Rusty, but by protecting the children," Dr. Flores says, quoting Neuman and adding that he never thought about the police while shooting the victim: "He was on a mission to protect Ian and Sophia."
9:28 a.m. - "It's very clear that they were having an affair," Dr. Flores says of Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, but "it's the nature of the relationship they were having that he was delusional about" -- in other words, Neuman believed that he and Sneiderman had "a special connection," soul to soul, and were destined to be together.
9:26 a.m. - Dr. Flores says Neuman was "clearly experiencing a delusion" in his belief that Sophia and Ian Sneiderman were in danger and needed to be rescued.
9:21 a.m. - Dr. Flores says that Neuman was focused on making sure the Sneiderman children, Sophia and Ian, got "the love and attention they deserved," due to his belief that Rusty was not providing what they needed. He even had the children's birthdays marked on the calendar in his iPad.
9:17 a.m. - The prosecution objects, claiming that the witness is "making up [information] as she's going along." Judge Adams sustains the objection, made in reference to a statement that Neuman purchased gifts for the Sneiderman children while on a business trip.
9:13 a.m. - An email from Andrea Sneiderman to Neuman expresses happiness at the news that Neuman planned to end his marriage to wife Ariela.
9:11 a.m. - Dr. Flores describes Andrea Sneiderman as "pulling and pushing" Neuman, expressing desire for him while reminding him that she was married to Rusty Sneiderman.
9:08 a.m. - Dr. Flores displays a series of email between Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, sent just before the two took a business trip to the United Kingdom.
9:06 a.m. - Forensic psychologist Dr. Adriana Flores returns to the stand.
9:03 a.m. - The trial resumes; Judge Adams calls the jury into the courtroom.
DAY THREE | Friday, March 2, 2012
9:14 a.m. - Judge Adams suspends the case for the day for an "unrelated matter."
9:13 a.m. - The jury delivers a message to Judge Adams, saying that some of its members were shown on TV yesterday; the judge reminds the media not to film the jury.
9:10 a.m. - Judge Adams arrives and brings in the jury.
9:09 a.m. - Hemy Neuman arrives in court for the ninth day of his murder trial.
DAY TWO | Thursday, March 1, 2012
11:55 a.m. - Judge Adams dismisses for the day.
11:48 a.m. - Dr. Flores talks about the pictures and e-mails Neuman and Sneiderman exchange.
11:45 a.m. - On a diagram, Dr. Flores points out a spike in wireless communication between Neuman and Sneiderman; the two went from texting twice to four times per month to 17 times per month.
11:31 a.m - Dr. Flores describes watching a movie during their trip to Greenville. Sneiderman asks Neuman to "touch her" while they were watching a movie.
11:24 a.m. - Dr. Flores describes that during a trip to Greenville, Neuman said he "cuddled" with Sneiderman and he described it as the "best moment of his life."
11:21 a.m. - Dr. Flores discusses Neuman and Sneiderman's first kiss; according to Neuman, the kiss wasn't a "come on" kiss.
11:16 a.m. - Flores discusses Neuman's financial debts and encounters with the demon who had been visiting him since he was a student at Georgia Tech.
11:03 a.m. - Flores discusses the Neuman family's issues with abuse and alcoholism stemming from Neuman's father's battle with alcoholism.
10:50 a.m. - Flores says Neuman told her that he killed Rusty Sneiderman because he wanted to raise Ian and Sophia [Andrea's children] with Andrea. Neuman hid the fact that he committed the crime because he didn't want Andrea to find out that he killed Rusty Sneiderman.
10:43 a.m. - Dr. Flores explains the test she administered to verify that Hemy Neuman showed no indications of malingering, or faking symptoms.
10:37 a.m. - Court resumes and Dr. Flores continues to describe the different examinations she administered to Hemy Neuman.
10:17 a.m. - Court is dismissed for brief strech break.
10:02 a.m. - Dr. Flores continues to explains the characteristics of a person suffering with bipolar disorder and manic person. She says "the person is very preoccupied with pleasurable things."
9:50 a.m. - According to Dr. Flores, Neuman suffered from bipolar disorder and episodes of mania.
9:46 a.m. - Dr. Flores psychological evaluation found Hemy Neuman is not guilty of the murder of the murder of Rusty Sneiderman because "at the time of the shooting Mr. Neuman did not have the mental capacity to know right from wrong."
9:28 a.m. - Dr. Flores confirms that she read the reports and heard the testimonies of Shayna Citron, Melanie White, a couple of GE employees and a number of other witness called to the stand by the state.
9:25 a.m. - Defense attorney Peters asks Dr. Flores her opinion about Neuman's level of responsibility in the murder case; prosecutor Don Geary objects.
9:23 a.m. - Dr. Flores says that Neuman's defense team contacted and paid her to evaluate Neuman for his "criminal responsibility as it related to the charge of murder" in Sneiderman's death.
9:21 a.m. - The defense tenders Dr. Flores an "expert" in her field.
9:14 a.m. - Dr. Flores talks about her work evaluating those who pleaded "not guilty by reason of insanity" to other crimes.
9:10 a.m. - The defense calls Dr. Adriana Flores, a forensic psychologist, to the stand.
9:05 a.m. - Judge Adams calls the jury into the courtroom.
9:03 a.m. - Defense attorney Doug Peters prepares for the day's testimonies.
DAY ONE | Wednesday, February 29, 2012
4:56 p.m. - Court is dismissed for recess until 9:00 a.m. on Thursday afternoon.
4:56 p.m. - Citron is dismissed from the courtroom.
4:55 p.m. - "My children have always called Andrea, "Aunt Andrea" and they have always loved her like we all have", Citron told the attorney.
4:54 p.m. - "When I learned that she was banned, I called my attorney and I called my children's school," Citron said.
4:53 p.m. - "I became frightened after Sneiderman was banned from the courthouse because I was thinking back to what she had said", Citron told the attorney.
4:51 p.m. - After the conversation with Sneiderman, Citron says "I didn't know how to feel, the entire experience was very surreal."
4:49 p.m. - "We were walking toward the doors and the prosecutor [ Don Gearry] approached and she pointed at him and said "NO! I'm going to talk to her now" and she steered me to the bench outside of the courtroom," Citron told Attorney Douglas Peters.
4:47 p.m. - "I was surprised but somewhat relieved," Citron tells the court.
4:46 p.m. - Citron details the day of her testimony.
4:46 p.m. - Shayna Citron, Andrea Sneiderman's best friend is called to the witness stand.
4:27 p.m. - Court is adjourned for the day.
4:25 p.m. - Attorney Adams dismisses Dr. Brian Thomas from the witness stand.
4:07 p.m. - Neuman tells Dr. Thomas that he saw Sneiderman in the shower on a trip and that he "thinks" he had intercourse with Sneiderman in England.
4:05 p.m. - Dr. Thomas talks about the fantasies Andrea Sneiderman had about Neuman and about their trips.
3:52 p.m. - When asked about Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, Dr. Thomas testified Neuman told him that he and Andrea Sneiderman kissed and had intercourse. Dr. Thomas added he believed Neuman.
3:49 p.m. - Dr. Thomas testifies he does remember Neuman saying he regarded the children (Andrea and Rusty Sneiderman's children) like his own.
3:45 p.m. - Dr. Thomas said he can't recall for certain if Neuman mentioned having suicidal thoughts.
3:18 p.m. - Dr. Thomas said Neuman spoke in a way that was "very naive, yet, sophisticated" and he spoke in a way that was very "confusing." Thomas thought the defendant had very "bizarre" thoughts.
3:12 p.m. - Dr. Thomas discusses the personality evaluations he administered Hemy Neuman. And he explains.
3:07 p.m. - Thomas discusses his background and role in the Hemy Neuman murder trial.
3:05 p.m. - The defense calls Dr. Brian Thomas to the witness stand.
2:49 p.m. - Dr. Dorney is released from her subpoena and dismissed from the witness stand.
2:47 p.m. - The state conducts a redirect examination with Dr. Dorney.
2:45 p.m. - During Dorney's psychiatric examination, she said he seemed "confused."
2:33 p.m. - Attorney Robert Rubin of the defense conducts a redirect examination.
2:23 p.m. - The state and Dr. Dorney have an exchange about whether a defendant knows if they're wrong, both, morally and legally; and if or not that knowledge means they are guilty or not in the court of law in Georgia.
2:20 p.m. - During Neuman's psychological examination with Dr. Dorney, Neuman expressed that he saw Andrea Sneiderman naked, thought she was beautiful and that he felt that "he was David and she was Bathseba."
2:13 p.m. - Dr. Dorney is questioned by the state about Neuman's HPPA waiver.
2:09 p.m. - The state conducts a redirect examination of Dr. Julie Rand Dorney.
2:08 p.m. - Court resumes.
1:49 p.m. - Court is dismissed for a brief break.
1: 35 p.m. - Neuman talked about reading the Torah, daily, and he referred to the bible stories of David and Bathseba and Job.
1:35 p.m. - Neuman mentioned "demons" during his psychological testing.
1:33 p.m. - "When he [Neuman] was a child, I think he was feeling chronic feelings of depression", Dorney explains to the defense.
1:32 p.m. - Court is called back from lunch recess.
11:59 a.m. - The court is dismissed for a lunch break.
11:55 a.m. - Neuman disclosed that he began to experience"eurotomanic delusions" and was infatuated with Sneiderman.
11:54 a.m. - Dorney discloses that Neuman was stressed with his life, wanted his wife to contribute to his household and he had reached a dead end with his career.
11:52 a.m. - Dr. Dorney explains that Hemy Neuman was experiencing some issues with having a depressed mood overall.
11:40 a.m. - Dr. Donrney describes her training, her practice and her role in the Hemy Nueman case.
11:24 a.m. - Julie Rand Dorney, a forensic psychiatrist, is called to the witness stand by the defense.
11:24 a.m. - Court comes back from break.
11:19 a.m. - Judge Adams dismisses the court for a brief stretch break.
11:13 a.m. - Pitkowsky confirms Hemy Neuman's transcript from Georgia Tech, indeed, belongs to Neuman.
11:12 a.m. - Rita Pitkowsky, the registrar at Georgia Tech is called to the witness stand.
11:09 a.m. - Matsch is dismissed from the stand.
11:03 a.m. - Matsch explains her beatings to the jury. "I've been kicked and whipped and slapped; one time my father pulled a painting off of the wall and beat me with it."
11:02 a.m. - Matsch tells James that Neuman didn't tell her that he had attempted to commit suicide.
10:50 a.m. - "It would surprise me if my brother told a lie because he never lies to me," Matsch told James.
10:47 a.m. - D.A. Robert James asks Matsch if it would surprise her "if her brother lied?" She replies "no" because "he would always get hit."
10:46 a.m. - The state begins questioning Monique Matsch.
10:36 a.m. - The defense rests their questions. Judge Adams calls for a ten minute recess.
10:34 a.m. - During a vacation to Florida, Neuman talked to his sister about "a relationship he developed with a colleague"; he explained that he was able to "open up to her like no one else". He had a different relationship with her then he did with "Rellie". Rellie is a nickname for Nemy Neuman's wife Ariella Neuman.
10:32 a.m. - Matsch explains a time when Neuman exploded on their mother during the twins [ Hemy Neuman's son and daughter] graduation celebration; she says his behavior was "out of character."
10:29 a.m. - Matsch noticed that Neuman was living above his means. According to her "they barely had enough money to pay their housekeeper." Matsch said she noticed that he was "more social but more angry."
10:24 a.m. - Describes when Hemy bought a house in Boca Raton and the entire time he didn't have a job. At the end of the year, while they were living in Boca Raton, they moved back to Israel because they had sent all of their savings.
10:18 a.m. - Matsch explains that Hemy didn't want her to go to boarding school so she went to Puerto Rico and was raised by her aunt and uncle.
10:16 a.m. - Matsch explains an incident where she blamed Hemy Neuman for saying the "b-word" and he was, subsequently, beaten; while explaining the incident, she begins to cry.
10:13 a.m. - Neuman appears to be crying while his sister explains their childhood. The witness, Monique Metsch, appears visibly shaken.
10:12 a.m. - "It would be slaps that were continuous. He would give us open handed slaps. One time he shoved vegetable soup down my nose," Matsch says while explaining Hemy and Monique's childhood and their father's volatile temper.
10:11 a.m. - "As soon as he came home he would have one or two Scotches [drinks]", Matsch tells the defense.
10:09 a.m. - Metsch describes a very tense environment around her father; she says "we never knew how he was going to react, it was always a very tense environment."
10:05 a.m. - While examining the witness, the defense attorney asks Metsch, if she "remembers her father talking about his experience in the Jewish deathcamps".
10:04 a.m. - The defense calls their first witness, Monique Metsch. The witness is Hemy Neuman's sister.
9:36 a.m. - During opening arguments, Neuman's attorney Douglas Peters states, that the wife of Rusty Sneiderman, Andrea Sneiderman, is "playing each and every one of us for a fool."
9:18 a.m. - The defense begins arguments and argues that the removal of witness Citron was "not related to this case" and that the removal of Citron and Sneiderman was un-lawful and provides evidence. The defense wishes to call Citron to the stand.
9:14 a.m. - Neuman declines his "right to testify."
9:14 a.m. - Judge Adams advises Hemy Neuman that he has the right to testify.
9:13 a.m. - Court is called into session by Judge Gregory Adams.