48 Hours Exclusive: Friends of Andrea Sneiderman talk about why they believe she is innocent of murder


(CBS) - On Nov. 19, 2010, Andrea Sneiderman's husband, Rusty, was gunned down in the parking lot of the upscale suburban Atlanta daycare center where he had just dropped off the couple's two-year-old son.

On Thursday, Andrea was in an Atlanta courtroom for a hearing on charges that she orchestrated her Harvard-educated husband's murder.

In March 2012, Andrea's boss at General Electric, Hemy Neuman, was convicted of actually shooting Russell Sneiderman. The jury found Neuman guilty but mentally ill, after he said he heard voices that were urging him to murder Rusty.

At Neuman's trial, Andrea took the stand as a prosecution witness and, by most accounts, emerged looking like an evasive, cold woman. Now, she is facing trial herself, for her alleged involvement in the murder of husband. Prosecutors believe Andrea pushed and manipulated Hemy Neuman into committing the murder.

WATCH: Joseph Dell on his relationship with Andrea Sneiderman

WATCH: Andrea's friends and family defend her

Andrea has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and denies any involvement in her husband's death. Her trial is scheduled to begin July 29.

Reports surfaced recently that prosecutors want to know more about the relationship between Andrea and a man named Joseph Dell. There are recordings of jailhouse phone conversations between Andrea and Dell where he is reportedly heard saying he loves her. Full transcripts of the recordings have not been made made public, and Dell has not spoken publicly about them - until now. He spoke to 48 Hours exclusively before Thursday's hearing.

Here are two parts of that conversation. More of it will be seen in a planned future edition of 48 Hours that will include more exclusive information about the case.

Video credits: Producer: Michelle Feuer; Associate Producer: Ian Margol; Camera: Dale West and Roger Herr

  • Richard Schlesinger

    Correspondent, "48 Hours," "CBS Evening News"