Hemy Neuman
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By Maggie Lee

The attorney for Hemy Neuman says his client is innocent of the November shooting death of Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman in front of a Dunwoody daycare center and has asked for another month to prepare his defense.

Attorney Doug Peters officially entered the plea at an arraignment before DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams on April  4. Peters also asked for time to review some 6,200 pages of data from the state’s investigation and dozens of hours of transcribed interviews.

Adams granted 30 more days, but cautioned, “I normally move my murder cases along.”

After the 30 days, he explained, he will give a date when pretrial motions will be heard, then “at some point” citizens will be empaneled in a jury.

Neuman is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Peters said they’re still considering asking for bond, but right now, Neuman remains in the county jail.

Neuman’s wife, Ariela Neuman, has filed papers for a separation from her husband. Ariela Neuman’s attorney, Esther Panitch, came to the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur to watch the arraignment.

Panitch said her client believes there was an affair between Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, the widow of the murdered man.

Peters declined to speculate on any purported affair, saying that his client has “always been and remains a good father.”

He said Neuman has communicated with his children but there has been no jail visit.

Joe Earle

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