Case file: 6 must-read documents in day care slaying

CNN sister network HLN has covered the investigation into the fatal shooting of Rusty Sneiderman at a Georgia day care center for almost three years.
Sneiderman was gunned down in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood at 9:15 a.m. on November 18, 2010, in a busy parking lot outside a preschool, with children in a playground less than 30 feet away. He was shot four times.
Hemy Neuman, the gunman, is serving life in prison for Rusty Sneiderman's murder. Rusty's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, 37, is preparing to stand trial for allegedly being a part of the crime.
The following documents may shed light on the prosecution's case against Andrea Sneiderman, whose trial is to begin July 29.
The indictment
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Sneiderman's indictment details the charges the widow is facing, and gives a brief summary of prosecutors' version of Sneiderman's role in her husband's death. She is charged with 16 counts, including malice murder, felony murder, multiple counts of perjury, and making false statements to law enforcement.
The forfeiture action filed against Sneiderman
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Prosecutors have filed a separate action in civil court arguing that money Sneiderman received as a benefit in her husband's death should be deemed "contraband and should be forfeited to the state."
"The total financial benefit surrounding the murder of Rusty, excluding equity in real estate, to Andrea, was in excess of $2.5 million," reads the prosecution's civil complaint. That $2.5 million includes money from two life insurance policies.
The forfeiture action will be resolved after Sneiderman's criminal trial is finished, but for now Sneiderman can't access the money and the bank accounts containing it are frozen.
Even though prosecutors do not have to prove a motive at a criminal trial, they may present evidence to the jury that Sneiderman stood to gain a great deal from her husband's death.
Sneiderman's reaction to the outcome in Neuman's trial
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After Neuman was convicted of her husband's murder, Sneiderman released a statement to the press saying that she was "grateful" and "relieved by the jury's guilty verdict and sentence."
"Rusty's family misses and mourns him every single day. But today, at least, the family can be comforted by the fact that his killer will spend the rest of his days behind bars," reads Sneiderman's statement.
Prosecutors may argue that Sneiderman's statement shows the lengths she was willing to go to maintain her lies despite being accused of conspiring to kill her husband during the closing arguments of Neuman's trial.
"This case is about two good men," defense attorney Doug Peters told the jury, "and one really bad woman: Andrea Sneiderman."
"The gun in this case was in Hemy's hand, but the trigger, I respectfully suggest, was pulled by Andrea Sneiderman," Peters said.
Prosecutors also expressed suspicion in their closing argument that Sneiderman was a "co-conspirator" in the shooting.
Statement from Sneiderman's attorney after her arrest
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The law firm representing Sneiderman released a statement on August 2, 2012, the same day its client was arrested, "categorically" denying each and "every one of the charges" filed against her.
The arrest took her and her attorneys by surprise.
"We were as surprised as anyone else," defense attorney J. Tom Morgan told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Her attorneys also accused the district attorney's office of trying to drum up media attention around Sneiderman's case.
"We are appalled that this arrest was choreographed for the media, and as part of an ongoing attempt to try Andrea in the media. We repeatedly made it clear to the district attorney's office that, in the event they chose to move forward with charges, we would turn Andrea in. That offer was rejected, and instead her arrest was turned into a media circus. Selected reporters were tipped off ahead of time so that they could have cameras ready at Andrea's home," said attorney Douglas Chalmers.
"In his press conference today, the DA claimed that he will not try this case in the media. In light of the manner in which the arrest was handled today to maximize press coverage -- and given the fact that the DA has already given media interviews in recent months in which he has discussed publicly his 'strong beliefs' about Andrea's involvement in Rusty's murder -- that statement rings hollow."
Sneiderman's family reacts to her arrest
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Rusty Sneiderman's family released a statement after Andrea Sneiderman's arrest, expressing their thanks to prosecutors and investigators for their "relentless pursuit of the truth in this case" and saying they "will continue to support their efforts in every way through the trial."
Rusty Sneiderman's family may testify for the prosecution in the upcoming trial.
Neuman pleads insanity
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On September 16, 2011, about 10 months after Sneiderman was killed, Neuman notified the court of his intention to raise the issue of insanity at his trial. Neuman claimed to have killed Sneiderman in a delusional manic state caused by his bipolar disorder. The jury believed Neuman's claims of insanity enough to find him "guilty but mentally ill" for gunning down Sneiderman.
Neuman's mental illness may be a critical part of Sneiderman's defense in her trial.