Andrea Sneiderman, the Georgia widow who is accused of conspiring to kill her husband after he was gunned down at a day care center, wants to block Hemy Neuman from testifying at her trial.
Prosecutors say Sneiderman manipulated Neuman, who is diagnosed as being bipolar and delusional, into killing her husband November 18, 2010, so she could be with another man, Joseph Dell. Sneiderman claims she had nothing to do with her husband’s death.
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Neuman’s testimony could provide critical evidence for the prosecution’s case, but Sneiderman’s attorneys believe Neuman will plead the Fifth Amendment.
If Neuman exercises his right against self-incrimination in front of the jury, Sneiderman’s attorneys argue, it will prejudice them. They are also asking the judge to bar any statements Neuman made in his trial if he pleads the Fifth.
Sneiderman’s attorneys also want the judge to let them copy the hard drives of computers the prosecutors have in their possession. The hard drives contain information that could be used at trial, and they want their own expert to review it.
They have also asked for the most recent indictment against Sneiderman to be dismissed, saying it’s too vague and violates her due process rights.
The judge will address these issues at the next pretrial hearing, which is scheduled for June 18.
Neuman is serving life in prison without parole after being convicted but mentally ill in March 2012 of killing Rusty Sneiderman outside a suburban Atlanta day care.
A witness during Neuman’s trial testified Sneiderman had an affair with Neuman.
Sneiderman is charged with malice murder and felony murder in Rusty Sneiderman's death. Her trial is scheduled to begin July 29.
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