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Andrea Sneiderman Trial: Deliberations underway for Ga. woman accused of hindering investigation into husband's murder

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

Andrea Sneiderman, right, in court during her trial.
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(CBS) DECATUR, Ga. - Deliberations are underway in the trial of Andrea Sneiderman, a Georgia woman who is accused of lying under oath and hindering the investigation into her husband's 2010 death.

The case went to the jury late Thursday afternoon.

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 later dropped. She has pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied any romantic relationship with her former boss.

On Monday, prosecutors called FBI Special Agent David Freyman to testify before wrapping up their case. Freyman told the jury that calls and texts between Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman had been deleted on the day her husband was killed, CBS Atlanta reports.

Late Monday, the defense asked the judge to drop six of the 13 remaining charges against Sneiderman, arguing that the state had failed to make its case. The judge disagreed.

When the defense began calling witnesses on Tuesday, compelling testimony was introduced by the director of Dunwoody Prep, the daycare center where Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down.

Jane Newman recounted a phone call from Rusty Sneiderman's father the morning of the murder, the station reports.

"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. Don Sneiderman had previously testified for the prosecution that Andrea Sneiderman was the one who called him and told him his son had been shot. The prosecution had been trying to show Andrea Sneiderman knew her husband had been shot before she was told by authorities and before she had arrived at the daycare.

Also this week, several of Andrea Sneiderman's friends and acquaintances testified she was happily married to Rusty.

"There was this little sparkle in her eye when she was talking about him and you could just really hear the pride," testified Ben Nadler, who went to the same synagogue as the Sneidermans.

Prior to the defense resting its case Thursday, the judge asked the defendant if she wished to testify and she said she did not.

In closing arguments, one of Sneiderman's attorneys, Tom Clegg, attacked the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses, even mocking what one wore.

Clegg called out prosecution witness Shayna Citron for the red dress she wore on the stand and said she was performing for the camera. He also led the jury through the indictment disputing each count as he went.

Clegg told jurors the case against his client is purely circumstantial and Andrea Sneiderman is the "victim" because 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 that it was Dunwoody police who failed to ask 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. James urged the jury to find her guilty.

"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."

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