DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James’ office is not commenting on widespread speculation that he will drop murder charges Friday against Andrea Sneiderman, who stands accused of conspiring with her former boss to kill her husband.
When asked about media reports citing unnamed sources that James would drop the murder charges, a spokesman for James cited a gag order imposed by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams.
Likewise, one of Sneiderman’s attorneys, J.Tom Morgan, said he could not comment.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Adams’ courtroom on a motion by the state to introduce statements. Jury selection is slated to begin Monday.
A jury convicted Sneiderman’s former boss, Hemy Neuman, of the shooting death of Sneiderman’s husband outside a Dunwoody daycare. The March 2012 jury verdict was guilty but mentally ill, and Neuman is serving a life sentence.
Sneiderman originally was indicted last August on charges including malice murder, attempted murder, racketeering, insurance fraud and perjury.
According to the initial indictment, the prosecution hoped to use the RICO (or Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) charge to show that Sneiderman and Neuman engaged in an affair and together plotted her husband’s death so they could share more than $2 million in life insurance money.
Adams released Sneiderman from custody in late August 2012 on a $500,000 bond, with conditions restricting her travel to her parents’ house, medical appointments and meetings with her lawyers.
Neuman’s lawyer, Robert Rubin, told the Daily Report in September that if Neuman were called to testify in Sneiderman’s trial, he would say they didn’t work together.
“He alone planned the shooting, and of course he did so while under the delusion that he was actually saving [Sneiderman’s] children from some of the same abuse that he himself suffered” when he was young, Rubin said.
In February, the DA’s office dropped the RICO and insurance fraud charges.
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