DECATUR, Ga. - A DeKalb County judge delayed making a decision on whether he will allow Andrea Sneiderman out of prison on bond while she appeals her perjury conviction.
A jury convicted Sneiderman in August for lying during the murder trial of Hemy Neuman, the man who later confessed to gunning down her husband Rusty outside a Dunwoody day care center. Her attorney is appealing that conviction and wants Andrea Sneiderman out of jail during the process.
Attorney Brian Steele argued that his client should be released from jail because she poses no threat to the community, will not intimidate witnesses and is no flight risk because of her ties to her community and her two children.
"The children are everything to Mrs. Sneiderman," Steele said. "She would not leave them or uproot them. Her past history proves she's not a significant risk to flee."
But the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office opposes a bond release. Prosecutor Anna Cross believes Sneiderman does pose a risk to run away.
"She has every motivation to flee and evade justice," said Cross. "She has the means to do it."
Judge Gregory Adams said he would make a decision at a later date.
Steele also provided a glimpse of Sneiderman's life behind bars, especially her relationship with her two children. He told the judge that her father brings the two children to see her every week and every state holiday. He said the children will stay from 9 a.m. until visitors' hours are over at 3 p.m. He also said she talks to the children on the phone up to three times a day, and video chats with her daughter three times a week.
"It's the children's highlight of the week when seeing their mother," Steele said. "Everyone cries when leaving."