Andrea Sneiderman speaks to her attorney before her bond hearing
DECATUR, GA-- By court order, he's not allowed to have any contact with Andrea Sneiderman. But Joseph Dell as allowed in court during her pretrial hearing Thursday -- a man whose relationship with the accused killer remains, for the record, cryptic. "It's nobody's business," said defense attorney Tom Clegg during the hearing.
Clegg wanted Judge Gregory Adams to lift the restriction, allowing Dell and Mrs. Sneiderman to resume their relationship. Adams disallowed contact between them after prosecutors put Dell on the witness list for Mrs. Sneiderman's upcoming murder trial. She is accused of conspiring with her coworker Hemy Neuman to kill her husband Rusty Sneiderman in November 2010. Neuman is serving a life sentence for the shooting death outside a Dunwoody day care.
In November 2012, prosecutors speculated that Mrs. Sneiderman manipulated Neuman into killing her husband so that she could be with Dell. Clegg told the court that there is no evidence Dell and Mrs. Sneiderman had a relationship prior to the murder.
"She is entitled to companionship during her ordeal," Clegg told the court. In a previous hearing, Dell was described as a close friend who helped Mrs. Sneiderman care for her two young children. Prosecutors alleged that the two had cohabited, but Clegg disputed that in court Thursday.
District Attorney Robert James admitted in court that prosecutors had not approached Dell for an interview about the case, despite putting him on the witness list. Clegg demanded that they "put up or shut up." James retorted that he didn't have to "put up" anything until the murder trial.
Judge Adams indicated he would rule on the motion at an unspecified date. He set the next pretrial hearing for March 15, and set the date for Mrs. Sneiderman's murder trial for July 29.