• Friends testify Sneidermans had loving, compatible relationship


    DECATUR, Ga. - Friends, associates, even former employees of Andrea Sneiderman testified the Dunwoody widow and her late husband had a loving, compatible relationship, not one of turmoil and tension.

    Sneiderman faces charges she had an affair with her former boss, Hemy Neuman, the man convicted of killing her husband Rusty, but lied about to investigators and on the stand. Sneiderman denies the affair and that she lied about the nature of her relationship with Neuman.

    A former babysitter testified she never saw the couple fight in front of her.

    "They were always really happy," said Samantha Behrend.

    Close friend Andy Lipman testified that Rusty was active in a charity he formed, and the two appeared to be a happy couple.

    "They were great together," he said. "They made each other laugh."

    A former nanny, Samantha Archer-Wright, said she spent a lot of time in the Sneiderman's Dunwoody home and never witnessed any unusual issues.

    "Did they appear to be devoted to one another?" asked defense attorney Tom Clegg.

    "Yes," Archer-Wright replied.

    One allegation prosecutors have made is that Neuman accompanied Andrea Sneiderman on a business trip to Longmont, Colo., but that Sneiderman lied about him not being with her.

    The defense also brought a cell tower expert to the stand to analyze records that an FBI agent previously testified showed the pair were in the same geographic area during Sneiderman's trip.

    Larry Daniel testified that even though two phones might be pinging from the same cell tower, the data doesn't specify whether the pair was in the same room.

    "Even though you're using the same sector of same tower, they could be a mile, mile and a half apart," he testified.

    Stay with Channel 2 Action News and WSBTV.com for the latest on the trial.

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