DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Attorneys for the Dunwoody widow accused of playing a role in her husband's murder argued Thursday the indictment against Andrea Sneiderman is far from perfect and the majority of it needs to be tossed on technicality.
Prosecutors allege Sneiderman was having an affair with her former boss, convicted killer Hemy Neuman, and tried to conceal that relationship from investigators after her husband Rusty's murder in 2010.
They also allege she concealed and destroyed evidence, including text messages with Neuman.
In court Thursday, attorney John Petrey argued the indictment fails to be specific enough for Sneiderman to mount her defense on 13 of the 16 charges.
"She is entitled to an indictment that adequately, legally, and sufficiently apprises her of what she has to defend herself against," Petrey said. "We ain't there yet."
Specifically, Petrey argued investigators failed to affix dates to the charges that Sneiderman concealed evidence and that they failed to name the Dunwoody investigators to whom they allege she lied.
"The indictment fails in its attempts at perfection," he argued.
Assistant Prosecutor Anna Cross countered that the legal standard only requires the state to lay out the "elements of the crimes."
"It is not required the indictment give every detail of the crime," she said. "There is no case law provided by
defendant that would support the indictment is fatally defective."
Judge Gregory A. Adams set an April 10 hearing to finish pre-trial motions. Sneiderman's trial is scheduled to begin July 29.
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