The mother of two is charged with malice murder, attempted murder, insurance fraud, racketeering and perjury
Andrea Sneiderman was taken into custody by Putnam sheriff’s deputies at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The 36-year-old mother of two was taken into custody at her home and transported to the DeKalb County, Ga. jail.
Andrea Sneiderman is being charged in connection with the November 2010 murder of her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, outside a day-care center in Dunwoody.
Sneiderman’s arrest comes less than five months after her former boss at GE Energy, Hemy Neuman, was found guilty of the murder. Neuman was declared mentally ill by the DeKalb County jury and is currently serving a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole at the Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson.
According to DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, the grand jury took about an hour to return a “true bill” on the charges of malice murder, attempted murder, insurance fraud, racketeering and two counts of perjury and false statements.
The District Attorney has said he is “confident in the case and evidence” and that prosecutors would use “the same formula that worked [for Neuman’s conviction].”
According to Sneiderman’s attorney, they had no prior knowledge of her arrest, claiming they asked the District Attorney two months ago to allow them to hand their client over if charges were brought against her.
“We were as surprised as anyone else,” said J. Tom Morgan, Sneiderman’s attorney.
Morgan’s co-counsel, John Petrey, has said his client “had nothing to do with [her husband’s murder].” He added, “We deny each and every one of these charges.”
Petrey has denied claims that Andrea Sneiderman was romantically involved with Neuman, which is believed to be the motive for the murder.
According to the indictment against Andrea Sneiderman, although she did not pull the trigger that killed her husband, she “did with malice aforethought cause the death” of Rusty Sneiderman.
The family of Rusty Sneiderman released a statement in which they thanked the District Attorney’s office for its “relentless pursuit of the truth in this case.” The statement continues to say the family “will continue to support their efforts in every way through the trial. We will never stop fighting for justice for Rusty.
“The arrest and indictment of Andrea Sneiderman is another important step in the pursuit of justice for Rusty,” the statement continues. “This action, however, brings us no joy.”