DECATUR - It took three days, but lawyers now have their pool of 42 jurors to find the final group that will decide Andrea Sniderman’s fate.
Starting Thursday, both sides will begin picking the group of 15 (12 jurors and three alternates) that will sit in for the trial.
Attorneys questioned dozens of people about what they thought of this case and whether they have any opinions about it. They asked people if they could listen to the evidence and make a decision.
WSB’s Jon Lewis reports lawyers will use pre-emptive strikes to get the jury down to trial size.
Openings statements in the case are set to get underway on Friday. Witnesses will begin taking the stand Monday morning.
Sneiderman is facing a 13 count indictment on charges of perjury and lying to the police.
Three charges, malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, were dropped on Friday.
All the charges stem from the murder of Sneiderman's husband, Rusty, in November of 2010.
Rusty Sneiderman had just dropped his 3-year-old son, Ian, off at the Dunwoody Prep Daycare when he went into the parking lot. Then a van pulled up and Hemy Neuman, in disguise, shot Rusty four times, killing him.
Hemy Neuman, who was later arrested and convicted in the murder, was Andrea Sneiderman's boss at General Electric.
During his trial Neuman claimed he had an affair with Andrea Sneiderman, but maintains she had nothing to do with the shootings.
Andrea has denied the affair and that has led to some of the lying and perjury charges against her.
Sneiderman, whose bond has been reduced due to the dropping of the most serious charges, was arrested last August.
Her trial is expected to last about three weeks. Hemy Neuman was found guilty, but mentally ill and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.