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Jurors hear emotional testimony in Sneiderman perjury trial

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Jurors, in the Andrea Sneiderman perjury trial, heard emotional testimony Friday from her mother and her former best friend.

Early questioning of Andrea Sneiderman's mother,  Benita "Bonnie" Greenberg, focused on her relationship with her daughter in 2010.

"She started screaming," testified Greenberg, recounting the day Andrea Sneiderman learned her husband, Rusty, had been shot in November 2010. "She said there's crime tape all around. I don't know what's happened. I don't know what's happened. And I kept saying, 'stay calm.'"

Andrea Sneiderman's boss, Hemy Neuman, is serving life in prison for the murder of Rusty Sneiderman. The two were reportedly having an affair.

Greenberg testified, her daughter mentioned Neuman numerous times, after she started working at General Electric. 

She said, her daughter told her that Neuman was "extremely helpful" as a boss. 

Greenberg testified, Andrea Sneiderman told her, "'No, mom you don't understand, he really, really likes me.'"

Her mother cried, when asked about her daughter's relationship with her husband. 

"Had you ever gotten any impression whatsoever that she would consider leaving her husband?" asked defense attorney Tom Clegg.  "Absolutely not," replied Greenberg, as she choked back tears.

Andrea Sneiderman's former close friend, Shayna Citron, also took the stand on Friday.  

"Do you remember the day of the murder?" asked prosecutor Kellie Hill. "Very very vividly," testified Citron. "I will never forget the day of the murder."

Citron testified about the day Andrea Sneiderman's husband Rusty was killed. She told the court she received a phone call from her friend on Nov. 18, 2010, while she was vacationing in Phoenix, AZ. 

"Andrea was screaming into the phone," said Citron. "She was saying 'Shayna, Shayna, Rusty's been shot. I don't know if he's alive or dead.' I will never forget that for the rest of my life."     

Citron also recounted the day she was with the Sneiderman couple at the birthday of their daughter, just before the murder.

"Rusty was the kind of guy who was always happy, always had the biggest smile on his face," said Citron, as she wept on the stand. "And that day it was different.  It was different."

When Citron broke down, the judge recessed court, so she could compose herself.

Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. Monday.

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