DECATUR, Ga.,None - The Dunwoody woman whose husband was gunned down outside their son’s day care has been barred from the courthouse where the suspect is being tried.
On Friday, Andrea Sneiderman was kicked out of the Decatur courtroom where Hemy Neuman stands trial for the November 2010 killing of Sneiderman’s husband, Rusty. Judge Gregory Adams made the decision in light of complaints concerning Sneiderman’s conduct toward witnesses.
"Do not communicate with them on any level whatsoever," Adams said.
A prosecutor said Sneiderman acted inappropriately when she embraced a witness after her testimony Thursday. Shayna Citron, Sneiderman’s friend of at least eight years, said Sneiderman called her on the way to the crime scene and said her husband had been shot. The testimony contradicted Sneiderman’s previous testimony that she was unaware of the shooting at the time.
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As Citron left the stand, Sneiderman waited for her with open arms, hugging and kissing her. DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said the widow pushed away an investigator with the District Attorney's Office who tried to stop her.
Geary also said Sneiderman was talking during testimony, “making statements like, ‘That’s not true. That’s a lie. You weren’t there.’”
“I almost told her to shut up,” Geary said.
He also said Sneiderman walked into the witness room when she was told not to.
“We've now been asked by a group of witnesses, and I'll tell you they’re from GE, to prevent her from having contact,” Geary said.
Sneiderman and her attorneys had no comment for a Channel 2 Action News crew as she left the courthouse.
In a statement, the victim's brother, Steve Sneiderman said, “As a result of Andrea’s actions yesterday, today’s extraordinary action is yet another example of Andrea’s behavior that has been deeply troubling to our family for some time.”
Andy Lipman, friend of both Sneidermans, posted a response defending Andrea Sneiderman on his blog. "I believe Andrea and I believe in Andrea. She is a good person. I'm honestly wondering how trusting these "witnesses" are. I wonder why there's been nothing to talk about their pasts. You know why there's been no discussion about their backgrounds? That's because the prosecution and defense have an agenda. They want to paint a picture of a "cheating" wife and an adoring lover," he wrote.