Steffi Miller says she has known Andrea Sneiderman seven years.
DECATUR, GA -- Steffi Miller has a message. It's about her friend, Andrea Sneiderman, a woman she says she's known for seven years.
"Don't put an innocent woman in jail."
Miller is angry about the criminal trial Mrs. Sneiderman faces. She's angry about the murder charge that prosecutors dropped after eleven months; angry that Mrs. Sneiderman remains under suspicion, accused of covering up for the coworker who murdered her husband Rusty.
"That she's fighting for her life is not right.," Miller said.
Before they'd dropped the murder charge, prosecutors had accused Mrs. Sneiderman of working with Hemy Neuman to kill her husband Rusty. Prosecutors contended that the two were having an affair. Mrs. Sneiderman characterized Neuman as a stalker.
We asked Miller to describe the relationship.
"She just thought he was inappropriate, and she shared that with all her friends," Miller said. "They will all tell you that she complained about him, and (asked) 'what should I do? What should I do?' And they told her, she was only six months in the job, and she just needed to keep her mouth quiet. Because otherwise, she'd become a pariah at work and lose her job," Miller said.
Miller says after they dropped the murder charge, prosecutors offered to skip the trial completely by asking Mrs. Sneiderman to plead guilty to a lesser charge and accept a one year prison sentence.
"She doesn't want to go to jail for a year like they offered her. She wants to be free of all the accusations," Miller said. "She is a very proud woman. And she wants to be exonerated in the very same county that accused her."
Andrea Sneiderman will go to trial next week -- on thirteen counts, ranging from perjury to obstructing the police investigation into the murder of her husband Rusty outside a Dunwoody day care in November 2010. Miller says Mrs. Sneiderman's family and friends have mostly stayed quiet at her request -- in an effort to protect her two children. Miller says that changes now.
"She is a grieving widow going through a nightmare," Miller said.
And Miller says she expects a jury to agree.