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Andrea Sneiderman Guilty: Ga. woman convicted on 9 of 13 counts in perjury trial stemming from husband's murder case

Andrea Sneiderman in court during the trial of the man accused of murdering her husband CBS Atlanta

(CBS) DECATUR, Ga. - Andrea Sneiderman was found guilty Monday on nine of 13 charges stemming from accusations she lied under oath and hindered the investigation into her husband's 2010 murder in Dunwoody, Ga., CBS Atlanta reports.

The jury had been deliberating since late Thursday afternoon. They deliberated all day Friday before leaving without a verdict and then returned Monday and delivered the verdict after more than three hours.

Sneiderman, 37, of Decatur, was found guilty of hindering the apprehension of a criminal, concealment of material facts, three counts of giving a false statement and four counts of perjury. She was acquitted on three counts of perjury and one count of giving a false statement.

Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was fatally shot November 18, 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool. Andrea Sneiderman's former boss Hemy Neuman was found guilty but mentally ill in the killing in March 2012. He is serving life in prison while receiving mental health treatment.

Prosecutors initially said Andrea was having an affair with Neuman and that she arranged her husband's killing, but murder charges against her were dropped on the eve of jury selection. She had pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges against her and repeatedly denied any romantic relationship with her former boss.

In closing arguments Thursday, defense attorney Tom Clegg said the case against Andrea Sneiderman was purely circumstantial and that his client was the "victim" of Neuman's actions.

"Part of that woman's heart, part of that woman's soul was ripped apart and she will never get that back," he told the court. "The state of Georgia is doing all it can to take away the rest of her heart, the rest of her soul."

Clegg said Sneiderman assisted police in her husband's murder investigation and that any delays in finding the killer were the fault of Dunwoody detectives who failed to ask Sneiderman the right questions.

"They blew it, folks," said Clegg. "They blew it totally. They blew it completely."

During the prosecution's closing arguments, District Attorney Robert James attacked Andrea Sneiderman's credibility, at one point yelling, "You are a liar."

James said the case amounts to a "forbidden romance that ends in murder."

Prosecutors played several clips of video during closing arguments that they said show specific instances in which Andrea Sneiderman lied.

"The truth is that Andrea Sneiderman is guilty of all 13 counts in this indictment because she, ladies and gentlemen, is a liar," said James. "In America, you cannot lie to police, and you cannot lie to the jury."

Judge Gregory Adams scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. EST Tuesday and said she had 30 days to file her notice of intent to appeal. She was taken into custody shortly afterward.

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