Jury Selection Starts in Dunwoody Daycare Shooting Trial - FOX 13 News

Jury Selection Starts in Dunwoody Daycare Shooting Trial


Jury selection got underway on Monday in DeKalb County in the murder trial of Hemy Neuman. Neuman is accused of gunning down Rusty Sneiderman after Sneiderman dropped off his son at a Dunwoody daycare.

Potential jurors were asked several questions about the exposure in their lives and through the media to the court system.

The bottom line for attorneys for murder suspect Hemy Neuman, as well as for prosecutors, was whether potential jurors could judge the case fairly.

In November of 2010, Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down outside a Dunwoody daycare, having just dropped off his 2-year-old son. At the time Sneiderman's family couldn't understand why anyone would want to kill the 36-year-old Harvard MBA graduate.

"Our whole family has lost its brightest light and we don't know why," said the vicitm's brother, Steve Sneiderman.

Two months later police arrested Neuman. The defendant's lawyer admits Neuman shot Sneiderman but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors say Neuman worked with Sneiderman's wife, Andrea ,at the Atlanta General Electric office.

Esther Panitch, the attorney for Neuman’s estranged wife, was among those listening intently to the questions being asked of potential jurors in his murder trial.

“My client is working, she has three jobs and has to work to support herself and her children because of the selfish act of Mr. Neuman. She can't be here to watch the trial so I'm here,” said Panitch.

In a divorce filing, Neuman's wife alleges her husband and Andrea Sneiderman were having an affair. Investigators say Mrs. Sneiderman was in constant communications with Hemy Neuman both before and after the murder took place. She has never talked publicly about her husband's death

Panitch pointed out that Monday was the first time that Sneiderman’s widow had appeared in court.

“This is the first time that she has been in court. In all my years as a defense attorney, I've just never seen the spouse of a victim not be in court at all until jury selection,” said Panitch.

One potential juror, a law student who had a loved one that was murdered, tearfully told Judge Gregory Adams that she could not judge this sort of trial impartially.

Some of the potential jurors indicated they not only heard about the case in the media but had developed opinions on it. One told the judge that it was “hard to believe” that Sneiderman’s wife wasn’t involved.

All of the potential jurors were asked about their opinions of the court system and of the insanity defense as Neuman has pleaded guilty by reason of insanity.

The attorney for Neuman's wife said that she definitely wants to see what Neuman has to say.

“She's very invested in what happens here because this happened to her as well, so she's very interested in what's happening. She's on the witness list, so she really cannot be here to watch,” said Panitch.

Jury selection is expected to continue for the next several days.

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