Quick jury selection speeds up Sneiderman trial timeline - CBS46 News

Jury seated in Andrea Sneiderman perjury trial

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

A jury was seated Thursday afternoon, in the Andrea Sneiderman murder trial. Jurors include nine women and six men. All but three are African American.

The defense and prosecution spent nearly an hour striking jurors off a list of 42, who had qualified during three days of questioning. 

"Cases are won and lost in jury selection," said former DeKalb County prosecutor Ray Guidice. "It's very important." 

"Truth of the matter is, I don't know that it matters what the gender is, you have got to find someone who's going to identify with Andrea Sneiderman," said former prosecutor Ken Hodges.

Originally, lawyers predicted that jury selection alone could take as long as two weeks. Sneiderman's name has made headlines locally and nationally ever since her husband Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down in 2010, outside the Dunwoody daycare center, where he had just dropped off the couple's son.

Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, Hemy Neuman, was convicted of the murder last year. Neuman is serving life in prison. The two were reportedly having an affair.

During Neuman's trial, Andrea Sneiderman was accused of having an extramarital affair with Neuman. Court documents revealed that she exchanged hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls with Neuman before, and after the murder.

After Neuman's trial, authorities charged Andrea Sneiderman with felony murder, malice murder and several other charges. But days before her trial, Judge Gregory Adams dismissed the murder charges, after DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said he lacked the evidence to convict her on those counts.

Sneiderman remains charged with 13 counts, that include perjury and making false statements to police, during the Neuman trial.

Hodges said it's possible jurors will be watching Sneiderman's demeanor.

"She shouldn't be laughing or joking, because this is a very serious matter," said Hodges. "She shouldn't be scowling or doing anything toward witness testimony, that makes her look bad.  I suspect the defense team will have her adequately prepared for that."  

Legal experts agreed proving perjury is difficult.

"It's not just about telling a lie," said Guidice. "It's about telling a lie under oath, when you knew what you were saying was a lie. So, there are a lot of hurdles for the prosecution to jump over, before getting a perjury conviction."  

Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Monday morning.

Check back with www.CBSAtlanta.com for updates.

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