A detective for the Dunwoody Police Department said he did not tell Andrea Sneiderman that her husband had been shot when she arrived at the scene in 2010. Testifying at her perjury trial Wednesday, he told the court that Ms. Sneiderman was too emotional and it didn't seem appropriate at the moment.
Andrea Sneiderman is standing trial, accused of lying to authorities about what she knew concerning her husband's murder and an alleged relationship with the convicted gunman Hemy Neuman, who was her boss at GE.
Prosecuting attorneys played surveillance video from the daycare parking lot where Neuman had shot Rusty Sneiderman not long after the latter dropped off his son. The video shows a distraught Andrea Sneiderman arriving at the scene and being held back by a police officer.
Attorneys called the Dunwoody detective to the stand just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The detective's testimony that he did not inform Andrea Sneiderman about the shooting of her husband is significant, prosecutors say, because Donald Sneiderman, Rusty's father, testified that Andrea called him around 9:30 a.m. to say Rusty had been shot.
Hemy Neuman, Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, was convicted in the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.
Detective Andrew Thompson, the lead investigator in the case, also testified on Wednesday. Jurors watched a videotaped interview he conducted with the widow after the murder.
Thompson testified that Andrea Sneiderman mentioned that Hemy Neuman may have wanted to see an end to her marriage with Rusty, but said she never mentioned anything that would indicate she had a romantic relationship with her boss.
Donald Sneiderman returned to the witness stand Wednesday morning to say he suspected Andrea Sneiderman was involved with her son's murder.
"We immediately thought somehow that Andrea was involved," Donald Sneiderman said. "It was one of those things we just couldn't believe. Everything we saw and heard told us that she had a relationship with this man and that man killed my son."
Donald Sneiderman was excused from the witness stand about 10:15 a.m. The defense requested that he remain under subpoena. Both the prosecuting and defense attorneys agreed on letting Don Sneiderman remain in the courtroom.
On Tuesday, Don Sneiderman recounted the details of Andrea Sneiderman's call to him to inform him of his son being shot. His account of the call was in conflict with how Ms. Sneiderman recalled the same instance.
Earlier that same day, Ms. Sneiderman became tearful when defense attorneys played back testimony she'd given during the Neuman trial in 2012. She reached for tissues and used then to wipe tears from her eyes.
Prosecutors said they may be able to wrap up their case by the end of this week.