The judge in the Andrea Sneiderman trial signed off Friday on the prosecution's request to drop all murder charges against the Atlanta, Georgia widow.
Sneiderman was facing malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault related to the death of her husband, Rusty. Prosecutors will continue to pursue the other charges against Sneiderman, which include four counts of perjury, seven counts of making false statements to law enforcement officials and one count of hindering the apprehension of a criminal.
If convicted of these lesser charges, Sneiderman could still be facing a sizable prison sentence. One conviction of perjury carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years under Georgia law.
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Prosecutors said the murder charges against Sneiderman were "unjust and unethical."
Rusty Sneiderman, a Harvard-educated businessman, was gunned down in the parking lot of a suburban Atlanta pre-school in November of 2010. He was shot four times while children played less than 30 feet away.
Hemy Neuman, the gunman who was also Andrea Sneiderman's boss and alleged lover, is serving life in prison for Rusty Sneiderman's murder. A jury found him guilty but mentally ill in March of 2012.
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A judge ruled during the Friday pretrial hearing to allow statements into the trial made by Neuman to his friend, Melanie White. Prosecutors said Neuman confided in White about his alleged affair with Sneiderman, a fact they say can be bolstered by evidence.
But the defense argued that Neuman was a "certifiable lunatic" and that his statements aren't reliable. He told psychiatric evaluators that he saw hallucinations of demons resembling Barry White and angels resembling Olivia Newton-John who told him that the Sneiderman children were his and he needed to kill Rusty.
The judge has delayed his ruling on the defense's request to let Andrea Sneiderman remove her ankle monitor and be allowed to have contact with friends who are witnesses in the case.
The judge denied a defense request to delay the trial six months to a year because of the "unrelenting" media attention. Jury selection for Sneiderman's trial is scheduled to begin July 29.