Widow testified to 'help prosecution'

by: Christian Boone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Updated:

Andrea Sneiderman talks with family/friends before taking the stand again.
DECATUR, Ga.,None —

Andrea Sneiderman was aware the state believed she had an affair with Hemy Neuman, the man accused of killing her husband, but she took the stand in her former boss' murder trial because she wanted to help the prosecution secure a guilty verdict, the Dunwoody widow's attorney told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday.

"Mrs. Sneiderman knew she was going to get beaten up on the witness stand," lawyer Seth Kirschenbaum said in a statement provided exclusively to the AJC. "[She] has always cooperated in this case, and she wanted to help the prosecution even if it meant being subjected to withering attack."

The relationship between Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman, who has acknowledged shooting Rusty Sneiderman but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, took center stage during the trial's first week. Prosecutors and the defense alike hammered away at the credibility of the victim's widow.

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