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Widow Continues Testimony in Hemy Neuman Murder Trial


Testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of a man killed while dropping of his son at a Dunwoody childcare center. Hemy Neuman is accused of killing Rusty Sneiderman outside the center in November 2010.

Defense attorney for Hemy Neuman, Bob Rubin, continued his cross examination of Andrea Sneiderman Wednesday morning.  Rubin questioned her about the challenges in her marriage with the victim and her fears about reporting Neuman's romantic advances to officials at GE.

She was cross examined for nearly two hours.

Andrea Sneiderman's second day of testimony was marked by pointed exchanges between the widow and Rubin. The subject: more emails between Mrs. Sneiderman and Neuman, who was her boss at GE Enegry, and her alleged lover at the time her husband Rusty was killed.

In one email, the defendant sent her a photo of flowers with an affectionate message.

Defense Attorney Bob Rubin: "Did you open the attachment when Mr. Neuman sent you the email?"

Andrea Sneiderman: "Yes, evidently I did."

Rubin: "And you responded to him…"

Sneiderman: "Yes. That's what I said."

Rubin: "I love…"

Sneiderman: "…love flowers."

She said she rejected Neuman's advances for months. She said she asked him to stop. But she says she never reported it to GE out of fear of losing her job. It's why, she said, she just put up with the emails and other expressions of love from the high ranking engineer.

Rubin: "In your years in the business world, how often did your bosses send you emails like the one with the attached flowers?"

Sneiderman: "Never. I've never been stalked by anyone either."

Rubin: "This stalker you've now testified about, you picked him up at the airport?"

Sneiderman: "Yes.

Rubin: "You flew home with him?"

Sneiderman: "That's correct."

Rubin: "You changed seats to sit next to him?"

Sneiderman: "That's how we always traveled."

Rubin: "You took the limousine to your house with him."

Sneiderman: "That's right and I drove him home."

However, a bartender in Greenville, South Carolina testified that she witnessed Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman dancing affectionately in October 2010 – a month before the murder.

“He has his hands on her rear end. She was hugging him. They looked like a couple,” said Christine Olivera.

Olivera said she saw the two kiss at least three times.

Sneiderman had testified earlier on Wednesday that she was so uncomfortable during that trip that she shied away from interactions with Neuman that were not strictly professional.

Rubin pressed Sneiderman on why she agreed to take a business trip, which included sightseeing, with Neuman to England after the South Carolina trip.

Rubin: Planning to go to a club, planning to go to a theater, going to a castle, going to a show – is that your definition of shying away from him?

Sneiderman: We all have different definitions. Like I said, going to London without seeing a show seems like a shame to me.

Rubin: Is that your definition of shying away from him?

Sneiderman: It is.

Realtor Melanie White testified that she became friends with Neuman after selling him a home several years ago. She said that Neuman confided that he was infatuated with Andrea Sneiderman.

"He also told me that Andrea was adament that she should not leave her husband and her two kids, and he continually asked me what I should do," said White.

The jury also heard from several witnesses who testified the defendant and the victim's widow shared hotel rooms during business trips they took in the months before Rusty Sneiderman was murdered.

Hemy Neuman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the November 2010 murder. The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

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