Andrea Sneiderman won't testify in her own defense



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Andrea Sneiderman told the judge she will not testify in her own defense.

Sneiderman's attorneys immediately told Judge Gregory Adams they are resting their case. Closing arguments will take place Thursday afternoon.

Before Sneiderman made her decision known, a computer forensics expert testified there is no way to know whether she deleted text messages from her phone, or whether they were deleted by the phone itself.

Prosecutors accuse the Dunwoody widow of deleting text messages to Hemy Neuman, her husband Rusty’s killer, on the day of the shooting, as a way to conceal her knowledge of what happened.

Neil Broom testified that Blackberry phones have limited memory and are known to self-purge data.

“If it runs out of storage, it would not be able to give you your new messages or new emails, or even make new copies of call logs,” he testified.  “To compensate for that, Blackberry has auto system in phones to delete text messages, e-mail messages, calendar entries and call logs.”

Andrea Lipman, a close friend of Sneiderman, was the first witness to take the stand Thursday morning. She testified the mother of two confided in her that her boss had been making unwanted advances toward her.

“I told her to do what she thought was necessary in the situation, but to protect herself," Lipman testified, saying she told Sneiderman to go to Human Resources to report his behavior. “I told her if it got worse she’d either have to find another job, or deal with it.”

Several of Sneiderman's friends who testified the day before said Sneiderman had a loving relationship with her husband.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to police investigating her husband's death and lied under oath during Neuman's trial. She faces 13 charges of making false statements, hindering an investigation and perjury.

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