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No more ankle monitor for Andrea Sneiderman

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

A judge agreed late Monday to remove Andrea Sneiderman's ankle monitoring bracelet and release her from house arrest. He also reduced her bond from $250,000 to $50,000.

Judge Gregory Adams' decision came at the end of the first day of jury selection in Sneiderman's trial. Adams made his decision after he agreed to drop murder charges against Sneiderman on Friday. She was originally accused of conspiring with her former boss Hemy Neuman to have her husband Rusty killed.

As a condition of Sneiderman's new bond, she must continue to avoid all contact with witnesses in her perjury trial.

Sneiderman still faces 13 counts, which include perjury, false statements, hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing a material fact in connection with the 2010 death of her husband Rusty.

The judge has assembled a jury pool of nearly 300. By the end of the day Monday, the district attorney's office reported an estimated 22 jurors had qualified.

During jury selection, both the prosecution and defense repeatedly asked potential jurors what they knew about Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman and whether they had already formed an opinion.

Jury selection resumes Tuesday morning.

Last year, a jury found Andrea Sneiderman's former boss Hemy Neuman guilty but mentally ill. He is serving a life sentence in prison for the murder of Rusty Sneiderman.

During that trial, Andrea Sneiderman's testimony contradicted that of others. She insisted that she had not had an affair with Neuman. But a friend of Neuman testified that he had admitted to her the two had a romantic relationship.

Andrea Sneiderman also testified that she didn't find out that her husband had been shot until she arrived at the hospital. But two other witnesses testified that she called them on the way to the hospital and told them Rusty Sneiderman had been shot.

Evidence also revealed that Andrea Sneiderman and Neuman exchanged hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls before and after Rusty was murdered.

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