Andrea Sniderman, the widow of Rusty Sneiderman, who was killed outside a Dunwoody day care facility in November 2010, is being sued by her former brother-in-law.
Steven Sneiderman, the sole surviving sibling of Rusty Sneiderman, filed the suit on behalf of Sneiderman’s children on May 18 in Fulton County Superior Court.
The lawsuit alleges that Andrea Sneiderman “caused or contributed to the death of Rusty Sneiderman by the commission of tortious conduct, including but not limited to participating in a conspiracy which resulted in the murder of her husband” after “an inappropriate relationship of intimacy and deceit arose” between Andrea Sneiderman and Hemy Neuman.
After a jury found Neuman guilty but mentally ill in March, he was sentenced to life without parole for the killing of Russell Sneiderman.
The lawsuit, which asks for an unspecified amount that would “sufficiently punish” the defendants, alleges that Andrea Sneiderman used her relationship with Neuman to “manipulate and influence him to attempt to murder Rusty Sneiderman.”
Neuman, who is incarcerated at the Augusta State Medical Prison, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
During a news conference after the trial in March, Steven Sneiderman said that the Sneiderman family “has long suspected Andrea’s involvement with Rusty’s death” and the court proceedings only “confirmed my suspicions.”
“Andrea is covered in Rusty’s blood and there are not enough rabbis in the world to wash away those stains,” said Steven Sneiderman, who is being represented by the law firms of Sherffius, Ballard, Still and Feagle, and the Panitch Law Group.
Prosecution and defense attorneys both have questioned Andrea Sneiderman’s role in her husband’s death.
“Mr. Neuman was ill and manipulated by Andrea Sneiderman,” said Neuman defense attorney Doug Peters, after the trial. “We are very hopeful that all of the evidence regarding her responsibility for the death of Rusty Sneiderman will also be presented in court on another day at another time.”
DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Andrea Sneiderman’s possible role in her husband’s death is the “1,000-pound pink gorilla in the corner.”
“It’s something that we have under review right now,” James told reporters in March. “Stay tuned.” A month later, a grand jury subpoenaed the video testimony of Sneiderman’s widow.