Andrea Sneiderman cried when testimony covered the day her husband was shot.
11Alive's Julie Wolfe is inside the courtroom for the Andrea Sneiderman trial. She's watching the judge, jury, and witnesses. She's filing daily blogs about the events inside the courtroom and behind the scenes.
During opening statements, ADA Kellie Hill told jurors they would lay out their case (mostly) in a chronological fashion. Today, they paid close attention to the timing of events on the days surrounding Rusty Sneiderman's murder. That timing is in debate and central to the charges against Andrea Sneiderman. The jurors are being asked to connect the dots on that timeline. Because the testimonies have come from various people at various times, it's hard to do.
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Based on testimony ONLY from this trial so far (not any previous testimony or evidence), this is the timeline the jury is dealing with:
NOV. 18, 2010
9:14am Det. Thompson notes say he 'was in route to' Dunwoody Daycare On cross-examination defense attorney Tom Clegg questioned some of the choices police made that day in how they responded to the crime scene. Thompson said he tried to intercept the suspicious minivan before heading to the scene. How did you get there my 9:14? Thompson said "in route" meant he was leaving, not arriving at the scene)
9:30 Dunwoody Police officer Juses Maldonado testified he arrived on scene He testified about crime scene photos that showed how far Andrea Sneiderman parked from the crime scene, and how she wouldn't have been able to see anything that would shed light on what happened to Rusty.
9:30 phone call from Andrea to Don Sneiderman This is the phone call in which Don Sneiderman testified Andrea told him "Rusty's been shot. I'm so, so sorry."
9:45-10:00 Andrea arrives at Daycare This arrival time is based on officer Maldonado's testimony (although he repeatedly said he wasn't sure on timing). It lead to the most visual and memorable moment of the day. Surveillance video from Dunwoody Prep shows Andrea being intercepted by Maldonado, and nearly collapsing. It's his testimony he DID NOT tell her husband had been shot and killed . "There was no way I was going to tell someone they lost someone in the parking lot where she was," he testified. If no one told Andrea Rusty had been shot, why did she react that way and why did she tell Don Sneiderman that? (The defense said in their opening statement he did not and that Don Sneiderman is 'simply mistaken').
9:50-9:55 Don calls Dunwoody Prep Don Sneiderman says he confirmed Rusty had been shot and was told Rusty was transported to Atlanta Medical Center
10:34 Text message to co-worker 'My husband was shot' During morning testimony, Alan Schakctely a co-worker at GE , testified he got a text message and phone call from Andrea saying her husband had been shot, and asked him to contact her manager, Hemy Neuman.
10:38 Email to Steve Sneiderman from Don Sneiderman In this email, Don Sneiderman said he knew Rusty had been shot, but did not know how bad it was. Steve Sneiderman was on his way to Hawaii for a vacation when this email was sent
10:45 Alan text to Hemy that Andrea left for "family emergency" That text was immediately followed by text from Hemy Neuman that he had already talked to Andrea.
11:06 Email from Don Sneiderman to Steve that Rusty had died This was after Don Sneiderman had gotten through to doctors at Atlanta Medical Center and told he had been shot multiple times and did not survive.
Obviously, there are key pieces to this timeline that have not yet been entered into evidence:
What time did Andrea arrive at the hospital? Dunwoody police testified they didn't tell her he was shot. In previous testimony, Andrea Sneiderman said she first found out when she arrived at the hospital. So far, prosecutors have not laid out that part of the timeline.
What did employees of Dunwoody Daycare tell Sneiderman and when? We've heard some testimony that the daycare workers just told her "There's been an accident." I expect they will take the stand soon as part of the state's case.
Towards the end of the afternoon, the defense started cross examination on a roll. They were able to get the lead detective to testify there was blood on the door and ground near the car, and that he did not question Hemy Neuman in the days after Andrea Sneiderman brought his name into the investigation.
Both sides have a "method to their madness" on presenting their cases. It's not always clear right away. I'm waiting to see what was behind the madness of a loud, meandering audio clip played by the defense. It was the 1st interview between the Dunwoody police Department and Andrea Sneiderman. Her entire family is sitting around the dining room table. The house is full of screaming kids, people were coming and going from the room. It went on for more than an hour. One juror was at best "resting her eyes". A juror two seats down poked the women next to her that poked her neighbor to wake her. When she shook her head like "who me?" her neighbor rolled her eyes. Shortly after, the former drill Sgt. Juror gave judge Adams a clear time out signal after failing to catch his eye with a nod of her head.
After a ten minute break, the judge said resume "But DON'T START IT OVER!" The jurors laughed. And it went on... and on. The only take away I could see was a peak into a stressful family dynamic where Andrea at one point says, "Stop fighting." And someone else on the affair says: "We're not going to discuss this as a family."
The audio clip lasted all the way through the 5:00 hour. The jury shocked when questioning continued past that time, up until this point Judge Adams "golden hour" of letting the jury go. But the defense did make a few important points: mainly, this was the lead detective's first homicide case. Tom Clegg questioned some of his methods. After more than a hour of a screaming, meandering interview: will the jury be asking those same questions?