Sneiderman defense team begins calling witnesses

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Defense attorneys for Andrea Sneiderman began calling their first witnesses in her perjury trial on Tuesday.

Compelling testimony came from the director of Dunwoody Prep, the day care center where Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was gunned down in November 2010. 

Andrea Sneiderman is accused of lying about an affair with her boss, Hemy Neuman, and obstructing the investigation after her husband was murdered. Neuman is serving life in prison for the killing outside the day care center.

In court Tuesday, the director of the day care center recounted a phone call from Rusty Sneiderman's father the morning of the murder.

"It was one of the worst moments of my life," Jane Newman told the court. "I had to tell a father his son was shot." 

Newman testified that Rusty Sneiderman's father, Don Sneiderman, called to find out what had happened to his son.

The defense is trying to discredit the testimony of Don Sneiderman, who earlier told the court Andrea Sneiderman was the one who told him his son had been shot. 

Andrea Sneiderman's attorneys called a number of witnesses, including a Dunwoody detective who investigated the killing. 

"I believe she was asking, 'What happened? What happened?'" testified Sgt. Gary Cortellino about Andrea Sneiderman's reaction when she arrived at the day care center. "I think she was just in that emotional mode."

Andrea Sneiderman cried briefly as Cortellino recalled the day of the murder.

Earlier Tuesday, the defense argued that the prosecution failed to make a strong case to prove the 13 charges, including perjury, she is facing.

"Hemy said 'I love you, marry me,'" Andrea Sneiderman's attorney, Doug Chalmers, told the judge. "Andrea never said, 'I love you.'  Honestly, we have no idea what feelings were returned."

After listening to both sides, Judge Gregory Adams refused to dismiss the case.

Before testimony resumed, the judge asked Andrea Sneiderman if she planned to testify in her own defense.

"I have not yet decided," responded Andrea Sneiderman. "I will need some additional time." 

The judge told her that she could make a decision on taking the stand after the defense rests its case.   

Testimony will resume Wednesday morning.

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