A witness in the trial of a Georgia man accused of killing the husband of his alleged lover testified today that the woman's reaction to her husband's death was "unusual, to say the least."
Hemy Neuman, 49, is charged with shooting and killing Andrea Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, 36, in the parking lot of the Sneidermans' son's preschool in November 2010.
Neuman, Andrea Sneiderman's former boss at GE Energy, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
A husband and wife who witnessed the shooting in the parking lot of a Dunwoody day care testified about the chaotic scene, including Andrea Sneiderman's arrival at the facility.
"She sped in so fast, swung the door open and was screaming, 'What happened?'" Aliyah Stotter testified today. "Afterwards, I told my husband, 'She didn't have a tear in her eye.'"
When prosecutor Don Geary asked Stotter if she thought Sneiderman's reaction was unusual, Stotter replied, "Yes, I mean, I was crying."
Stotter's husband, Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier, was pulling into a nearby post office when he heard gun shots. He told his wife he thought someone had been shot and saw someone, now believed to be Neuman, "casually walking back to his vehicle."
"When I went up to the victim, he was bleeding out," Kuhlmeier testified today.
Stotter said, "His eyes were still open and he was gasping for air. There was quite a lot of blood everywhere. He was laying on a slant, so you saw blood running from the school towards the pediatrician's office."
Andrea Sneiderman testified earlier this week that no one at the day care would tell her what happened to her husband and she did not know he had been shot and killed until she went to the hospital.
"I pulled up my vehicle to caution tape, police cars and Rusty's car," Sneiderman told the court. "I fell out of the vehicle and was picked up and taken inside."
An Atlanta Medical Center doctor, Dr. Mark Waterman, who was part of the team that attempted to resuscitate Rusty Sneiderman, today described his encounter with Andrea Sneiderman after revival attempts failed and her husband was pronounced dead.
"Not emotional, not crying, screaming, or wanting to know what happened," Waterman testified of Andrea Sneiderman. "Her first request was for a child psychologist."
Waterman said she wanted a psychologist to "inform her children of his passing." He described the reaction as "unusual, to say the least."
When the attorney asked Waterman if he had ever had someone ask for a child psychiatrist before, Waterman said, "No, never had that question before. And I'm used to talking to people whose family members have expired all the time."
Prosecutors have yet to say where they are headed with their line of questioning that has returned to Andrea Sneiderman several times.
Earlier today, Sneiderman was barred from the courthouse for the duration of the trial after an inappropriate interaction with a witness.
Prosecutor Geary asked the Atlanta court for Andrea Sneiderman to be removed from the courtroom and courthouse for the duration of the trial.
"She hugged and kissed a witness in front of the jury," Geary said. "The investigator told her [Sneiderman] not to, she pushed him [the investigator] away."
The witness was Sneiderman's close friend of 10 years, Shayna Citron, who testified Thursday. Citron's testimony cast doubt on Sneiderman's statement to the court, in which she said she did not know her husband had been shot and killed until 11 a.m., when she arrived at the hospital.