Killer's wife files for divorce


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The wife of a man who shot and killed a Dunwoody father has filed for divorce, according to documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News.

Ariela Neuman cites adultery and her husband Hemy's arrest and conviction in the murder of Rusty Sneiderman as reasons for the divorce. Ariela Neuman also accuses her husband of cruel treatment, including bodily and mental pain, according to the document.

The Neumans married in October 1988 but legally separated in October 2010, just one month before the shooting.

Hemy Neuman was sentenced to life in prison without parole last week. During the trial, prosecutors spelled out a relationship between Neuman and Sneiderman's wife, Andrea, which included several work-related trips, and extensive phone calls and text messages.

Emails previously obtained by Channel 2 Action News that showed Rusty Sneiderman was trying to help Hemy Neuman find a new job and that the pair had lunch on at least one occasion to discuss future business ventures.

A source also confirmed to Channel 2's Mike Petchenik that Ariela Neuman helped Andrea Sneiderman obtain her job at General Electric by giving Hemy Neuman her resume over a year ago at the request of a mutual friend.

Attorney Esther Pantich told Channel 2 in June 2011 that her client would wait to file divorce papers until after the trial because staying married to Neuman gave her the privilege not to have to testify for or against her husband in the murder trial.

Ariela Neuman is asking that conditions of the couple's separation hold for the divorce and that she receive alimony should her husband ever be released from prison.

The couple has three children, but only one daughter is a minor. The agreement gives Ariela Neuman custody of the child and control of all property and assets the couple owned.