July 17, 2020
As in 2019, this past year Hemy Zvi Neuman requested yet another trial to reverse his conviction of murder in one of the most sensational scandals to hit the Atlanta Jewish community.
A decade ago, on Nov. 18, 2010, Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman was shot and killed outside his child’s preschool in Dunwoody. Neuman, boss of Sneiderman’s widow, Andrea, was arrested for the murder. On March 14, 2012, Neuman was found guilty, but mentally ill, of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and another five years for the felony weapons charge. Four years later, he was found guilty again after a retrial, without the acceptance of an insanity claim, and sentenced again to life in prison without parole.
In 2019, he asked for another trial, claiming mental illness caused by his love for his victim’s wife, Andrea, who, by the way, was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for her testimony about her relationship with Neuman during his first trial.
In September, Neuman requested another trial before the Georgia Supreme Court.
According to attorney Esther Panitch, who represented Neuman’s ex-wife, there’s “nothing new,” as of this month. In September, she told the AJT that “appealing a life sentence is normal as he has nothing better to do and it costs him nothing. I am hopeful nothing will come of this appeal and the Supreme Court judges didn’t seem persuaded by his lawyer’s argument.” She had observed the hearing virtually.
She predicted that “this is likely the end of his appellate remedies if he loses.”
Meanwhile, the center of this tragedy that engulfed the Jewish community – setting friend against friend – continues to sit in the Augusta State Medical Prison.