Douglas N. Peters
Douglas N. Peters

Veteran criminal defense lawyers, Douglas N. Peters and Robert G. Rubin, of Decatur law firm Peters, Rubin, & Sheffield, have been selected as the defense team for Hemy Zvi Neuman, the alleged shooter in the Dunwoody Day Care Killing case.

The Jan. 20 announcement came in the form of a press release issued from the law firm and posted on its web site.

Neuman, 48, of Marietta, is charged with murder for the alleged killing of Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman Nov. 18 outside of Dunwoody Prep after Sneiderman dropped off his 2-year-old son at the pre-school. Neuman was arrested Jan. 4 and remains without bond in the DeKalb County Jail.

Although Neuman had asked during his first court appearance for a public defender to represent him, Peters said his firm has been retained by Neuman’s family.

Asked if Neuman’s wife, who has been described in media reports as his “former wife”, had retained his firm, Peters simply repeated that his firm had been “retained by the family.”

Peters, founder of Peters, Rubin, & Sheffield and past president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said he and Rubin look forward to gathering all of the facts and assisting Neuman in his defense. “In a case such as this that is already highly publicized, it is imperative that no one rush to judgment and allow the legal process to run its course,” Peters said in the press release.

Robert G. Rubin

Rubin, who is an adjunct professor of criminal litigation of Emory School of Law, said in the press release, “The death of Rusty Sneiderman is a tragedy, and our heart goes out to his family. Hemy Neuman has been an excellent employee and a loving father too, and we must be careful not to compound the tragedy.”

The investigation currently remains open. A preliminary hearing date has been scheduled for Feb. 8 in the DeKalb County Magistrate’s Court.

Asked if the defense might be asking for more time due to the Feb. 8 Magistrate’s Court hearing date, Peters told the Dunwoody Reporter, “I do not expect we will be asking for a delay in the hearing.”

Peters said the murder charges will be tried in Superior Court. The hearing Feb. 8 in Magistrate’s Court is to determine probable cause for the murder charges.
John Schaffner

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.