Andrea Sneiderman was allegedly having an affair with her boss Hemy Neuman; however, prosecutors suggested in court Nov. 16 that another man may have played a role in her alleged plot to murder her husband Rusty Sneiderman.
Neuman later admitted to killing Sneiderman’s husband in November 2010 and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
In the indictment against Sneiderman, prosecutors said she and Neuman conspired to kill her husband to claim his nearly $2 million in assets.
However, an updated witness list given to defense attorneys includes the name Joseph Dell, whom prosecutors said is currently living with Sneiderman at her parents’ house, where she is under house arrest.
“We believe it credible that Mr. Dell left his wife six months pregnant about six and a half months after the murder of Rusty and at that time, openly took up a relationship with the defendant,” Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said.
Prosecutors said Sneiderman may have convinced Neuman to kill her husband so that she and Dell could be together.
The Nov. 16 hearing was for a motion filed by Sneiderman’s defense team to allow her to attend, in-person, the depositions for a wrongful death suit against her that was filed by her late husband’s brother and parents.
Additionally, defense lawyers asked that Sneiderman be allowed to attend a hearing in Fulton County, where her assets have been frozen. Sneiderman’s bond conditions bar her from having any contact with witnesses, some of whom have been called to testify in both the civil case and the one in Fulton County.
Sneiderman’s defense attorney’s described the exact nature of her relationship with Dell as “to be determined in the future.” However, defense attorney Thomas Clegg said Dell’s relationship with the defendant will have no bearing on the outcome of the case.
“They are close friends and at this time Mr. Dell is providing invaluable assistance for Mrs. Sneiderman by virtue of helping her pick up her kids from school, which she may not do, and taking the kids to dance practice or soccer practice,” Clegg said.
Sneiderman is currently under house arrest and since, she is barred from having contact with any of her friends on the state’s witness list, needs the help Dell is providing, Clegg said.
“To prohibit her from having any sort of contact with him just because his name has now appeared on a list of witnesses seems inappropriate,” Clegg said. “There is absolutely no basis whatsoever for doing this to this poor woman.”
However, prosecutors disagreed, saying that recent evidence they’ve discovered indicates Sneiderman and Dell may have been emailing back and forth prior to her husband’s death.
“Evidence is starting to come up that might show it wasn’t Mr. Neuman that was supposed to be with the defendant but someone else—Mr. Dell may be someone else,” Geary said.
Judge Gregory Adams said he would consider the new issues and ordered the prosecution and defense teams to file their paperwork no later than Nov. 20.
Adams said lawyers have until Dec. 7 to file any additional motions before setting a trial date.