Sneiderman trial: Jury selection continues

Sneiderman trial: Jury selection continues

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Jury selection got underway Monday in the high-profile trial of Andrea Sneiderman, who was previously accused of conspiring to arrange her husband's murder. She faces a 13-count indictment that includes charges of perjury and making false statements.

Only a handful of the 283 people who were asked to complete a jury questionnaire were screened on Monday as attorneys search for 12 men and women who can objectively weigh the evidence in the case.  Of that larger pool, 30 potential jurors were questioned on Monday, and more than a dozen were dismissed, most of whom said they couldn't shake the negative image of Andrea Sneiderman.

The lengthy screening process of selecting jurors and an undetermined number of alternates could last all week.

Earlier Monday, the judge determined that some but not all aspects of the jury selection could be recorded, and that none of the 283 potential jurors could be videotaped at any point in the screening process.

Last Friday, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James agreed to drop the serious charges – murder and aggravated assault – against Sneiderman.  James said that he's not 100 percent she's guilty of murder.

"I believe that it would be unjust and unethical for the D.A.'s office, for the state, for the district attorney of this county to go forward on a charge that I am not 100 percent sure of someone is guilty of," James told DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams.

Adams later accepted the offer.

Sneiderman now faces 13 counts, claiming she lied to investigators and on the stand during the 2012 trial of her boss, Hemy Neuman. The latter was convicted of killing Andrea's husband, Rusty Sneiderman. Prosecutors claim Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman indulged in an affair. Sneiderman denies the accusation.

The process of selecting a jury for Sneiderman's trial at the DeKalb County Courthouse is expected to take several days.

Also recently, defense attorneys unsuccessfully asked for a six-month delay in the case due to the lack of ability to find an objective jury.

Speaking to FOX 5, local defense attorney and part-time Meriwether County Judge Jackie Patterson said the defense is fighting an uphill legal battle.

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