Jury selection in the Andrea Sneiderman murder trial will begin July 29, almost a year to the day of the Dunwoody widow’s arrest.
Sneiderman was slapped with a reworked 16-count indictment on Tuesday in which prosecutors appeared to downplay talk of a conspiracy with her ex-boss Hemy Neuman, who was sentenced to life in prison in March for fatally shooting Rusty Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare facility in November 2010.
She has denied any involvement in her husband’s death and has said she did not have an affair with her former supervisor at GE Energy.
Thursday, the focus was on another of Andrea Sneiderman’s alleged paramours, Joseph Dell, whom prosecutors placed on their witness list in November.
Former DeKalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said at the time that there was evidence Sneiderman had her husband killed “not for Mr. Neuman to be with the defendant, but someone else” — Dell.
That theory does not appear in either the first indictment or the revised version, and Sneiderman attorney Tom Clegg theorized Thursday that prosecutors made Dell’s name public either to embarrass his client or, potentially, influence possible testimony from Neuman.
“I am satisfied there is nothing that Joseph Dell could possibly testify to … that would have anything to do with any issue in this indictment,” said Clegg, adding that prosecutors have yet to interview Dell.
Sneiderman was prohibited from having any contact with Dell once the state named him as a witness.
“The woman is entitled to some sort of companionship or friendship during his ordeal,” Clegg said.
Their relationship, he said, is “their business, no one else’s.”
DeKalb District Attorney Robert James noted that Sneiderman called Dell 58 times during her three-week incarceration last August. Sneiderman is now under house arrest at her parents’ residence.
“(The defense) will contend there’s nothing relevant (in those phone conversations), but that’s not their call,” James said.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams hinted he would consider granting an exception to Sneiderman’s bond conditions that might allow for contact with Dell.
Sneiderman will be arraigned March 15 on the new indictment: one count of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, seven counts of perjury, four counts of giving false statements, and one count each of concealing material facts and hindering the apprehension of a criminal.