Sneiderman lawyers say her trial expected to start in July
2:17 pm, January 8th, 2013
The murder trial against Andrea Sneiderman will likely take place in July, according to a filing by her attorneys in a related civil case.
The potential trial date was mentioned in a motion by attorneys Mark Trigg and Douglas Chalmers Jr. asking Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs to postpone a deposition of Sneiderman until after the criminal trial.
Sneiderman was arrested Aug. 2, 2012, on charges that she worked with her boss, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, so that they could be together and benefit from $2 million in life insurance. The motion, dated Jan. 4, came in litigation over the forfeiture of her assets, including the life insurance proceeds.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams has not set a trial date.
The motion said the deposition should be delayed because information gained from Sneiderman could be used against her in her criminal case. The plaintiff in the case is Steven Sneiderman, who is Rusty Sneiderman’s brother and the executor of his estate, and Esther Panitch is one of his attorneys.
“Counsel for the Estate is working hand in glove with the DeKalb County prosecutors and will structure her deposition questions in a manner best designed to help the prosecutors in the Criminal Case,” the motion said.
To support their motion, Sneiderman’s attorneys cited a recent decision in the litigation between DeKalb County School District and project management company Heery International. In that case, retired federal appeals court judge Stanley Birch Jr., who is serving as a special master for discovery issues, allowed the deposition of former school superintendent Crawford Lewis to be postponed until after his criminal trial, which is scheduled to start April 15.