Widow of slain Georgia businessman charged in killing, 4 months after gunman convicted

DECATUR, Ga. — The widow of a businessman gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool was charged in the slaying Thursday, accused of conspiring with the gunman who was convicted four months ago.


Andrea Sneiderman was charged with malice murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, racketeering, perjury and other charges, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said.

He declined to answer questions about the case, but the indictment alleged Sneiderman conspired with the murderer, Hemy Neuman, who was her boss at the time of the slaying. Much of Neuman’s trial centered on whether the two had been having an affair.

“She acted in concert with Hemy Neuman by giving Hemy Neuman the schedule for departure and return of Russell Sneiderman so that Neuman could kill Rusty Sneiderman,” the indictment read.

When asked why prosecutors were pursuing the case now, the district attorney said: “Now is because we are ready now. If we were ready three months ago, it would have been three months ago. If it was last year when we charged Mr. Neuman, it would have been then.”

Sneiderman was being held without bond. Details of a court appearance were not immediately available.

Earlier, WSB-TV aired footage of Sneiderman dressed in khaki shorts and a long-sleeve shirt surrounded by law enforcement officials as she left a house in Putnam County before being handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.

Her attorney was expected to speak with reporters soon.

Sneiderman’s husband, Russell, was killed in November 2010 moments after dropping off his son at preschool.

The case drew national attention after authorities charged Andrea Sneiderman’s boss, Hemy Neuman, with the slaying.

The trial largely centered on whether Andrea Sneiderman was involved in an affair with Neuman, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

During the trial, prosecutors suggested that Andrea Sneiderman was a “co-conspirator” in the slaying, goading a love-struck Neuman into killing her husband, perhaps for a $2 million life insurance policy.

Andrea Sneiderman has repeatedly denied an affair and denied knowing anything about the shooting.

After the trial, Neuman’s defense attorneys and Russell Sneiderman’s family said they hoped that prosecutors would investigate Andrea Sneiderman in the killing.

At the time, Russell Sneiderman’s brother, Steve, said the family long suspected Andrea was involved in his death, and the trial only confirmed their suspicions.

Attorneys for Steve Sneiderman and his parents declined comment Thursday.