DECATUR, Ga. -- Attorneys trying Andrea Sneiderman's murder case will select from among 200 potential jurors, DeKalb Superior Court judge Gregory Adams said Tuesday. Adams spoke at the conclusion of a hearing in the case.
July selection in the trial will start July 29. Mrs. Sneiderman is accused of plotting with her former coworker, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband. Rusty Sneiderman was shot to death outside a Dunwoody day care in November 2010.
The hearing started with Mrs. Sneiderman entering a not guilty plea to malice murder, felony murder and 14 other charges. It was the third time Mrs. Sneiderman has entered a not guilty plea in the case.
Last month, the DeKalb district attorney got another indictment from a grand jury. It replaced a previous indictment returned in February, which defense attorneys criticized for lacking specificity in some of the charges.
The new indictment provides new details in six perjury counts, relating to Mrs. Sneiderman's February 2011 testimony in Neuman's murder trial. It says Mrs. Sneiderman lied under oath when she testified
- she'd had no knowledge of her husband's shooting prior to talking to her father-in-law Don Sneiderman. Don Sneiderman testified that Andrea Sneiderman told him 'Rusty's been shot.'
- she'd had no romantic relationship with Hemy Neuman;
- that she never "returned" Neuman's "feelings for her";
- that she did not share a hotel room with Neuman during a trip to Longmont, Colorado;
- that she believed Neuman was in Longmont on business with GE;
- that she and Neuman did not kiss during an encounter in a nightclub during a business trip to Greenville, SC;
- that she didn't report her suspicions about Neuman as the possible triggerman to police because Mrs. Sneiderman's mother expressed concerns about her safety.
The new indictment also details additional false statements Mrs. Sneiderman allegedly told to Dunwoody Police during their investigation of the killing.
The most serious charges she faces remain malice murder and felony murder. A jury convicted Neuman in the case in 2011. He's now serving a life sentence.
Mrs. Sneiderman's attorneys contend she is a grieving widow who had no romantic relationship with Neuman, and nothing to do with the killing. During her testimony in Neuman's trial, she described her former coworker as a stalker.
The need for 200 potential jurors isn't unusual in high-profile criminal cases. Attorneys typically cull the pool with questions about any opinions potential jurors had formed based on media coverage.