Andrea Sneiderman, widow of Russell Sneiderman who was killed outside a Dunwoody daycare in 2010, was the first person to take the stand Feb. 21 in the trial of Hemy Neuman.
When questioned about alleged advances by Neuman, Andrea Sneiderman said, “They bothered me, but given the situation that I was in and that he was my boss, I did the best I could to keep them at bay.”
Neuman is on trial for the November 2010 killing outside Dunwoody Prep daycare center of Russell Sneiderman, a 36-year-old entrepreneur who was shot several times after he had dropped off his son.
Neuman, who worked at GE Energy in Marietta, was the supervisor of Andrea Sneiderman, the victim’s wife.
During questioning by the prosecution, Sneiderman said she never knew about Neuman’s alleged hallucinations, and never saw him act in an illogical or bipolar manner.
Neuman was an “extremely stable person,” Sneiderman said.
Sneiderman said she spent a lot of time with Neuman because “he was my sole source of information in getting acclimated to the company.” She described Neuman as an “extremely friendly individual, caring or pretending to be a caring individual.”
During a business trip to Nevada in 2010, Sneiderman said Neuman made unwanted advances toward her during a dinner.
“Before dinner we were outside the restaurant… [and] he pulled out his phone and read me a poem,” Sneiderman said.
The “poem insinuated that he thought I was beautiful,” Sneiderman said.
“There were other times where...he would seem to be expressing feeling s to me,” Sneiderman said. “None of those feelings were ever returned.”
When asked why she thought Neuman had feelings for her, Sneiderman said, “I think I’m a pretty nice person. I’m a caring person. I did nothing but try to help Hemy Neuman. I would do that for any friend.”
Sneiderman said she never reported her bosses’ advances to anyone at GE.
“I would have been fired,” Sneiderman said.
“I was doing the best I could to keep my job,” Sneiderman said. “I can’t control what he said to me. I can only control what I said to him.
“Every time he would send...a very mannish e-mail to me...I would change the topic,” Sneiderman said. “Every time he expressed his feeling for me, I treated it as insignificant.”
Sneiderman said she learned of her husband’s death after a call from the daycare.
When she went to the daycare, “No one was talking. No one was saying a word. No one would tell me what happened,” Sneiderman said.
When she arrived at the hospital where her husband was taken, hospital officials “took me into what I call the death room.”
The trial is expected to last approximately one month.