by: Jodie Fleischer Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Attorneys in the
high-profile murder case against Hemy Neuman said Thursday angels and demons resembling singers Olivia Newton John and Barry White told him to kill Rusty Sneiderman in the parking lot of a Dunwoody preschool.
Neuman admits pulling the trigger but said he did not know right from wrong at the time and should be sentenced to a mental facility instead of prison.
Prosecutors allege he was having an affair with Sneiderman's
wife, Andrea, who was Neuman's co-worker at GE Energy.
Andrea Sneiderman was in the courtroom and got emotional at the mention of her children in Neuman's defense.
"Mr. Neuman was compelled by his delusional thoughts to save the children, who he thought were his children, from emotional trauma that they would suffer at the hands of Mr. Sneiderman," defense attorney Doug Peters said.
Peters and co-counsel Bob Rubin want to limit the jury instructions to narrow the type of insanity they'll have to prove. They
said Neuman was having delusions, but claim that doesn't justify his actions. Prosecutors agreed on that point.
"There's absolutely no evidence here at all of insanity or delusional compulsion. It's the defense we've been given to fight. If he wants to say that's not what they meant to say in the report, we are so fine with that it's not funny," Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said.
Rusty Sneiderman's parents and brother have flown in from Cleveland to watch the trial, but have had almost no contact with Andrea Sneiderman.
Attorneys completed jury selection Thursday, choosing 12 women and four men to comprise the jury.
16 individuals include four alternates who will not be designated until the start of deliberations.
Opening statements in the case are set to begin Tuesday morning. The trial is expected to last about four weeks.