A close friend of Andrea Sneiderman, Steffi Miller, said jurors were lied to by police and the district attorney.
"We thought, 'no, this can't happen, no this can't possibly happen,'" Miller said.
A distraught Miller sobbed on the front steps of the DeKalb County Superior Courthouse, stunned that Sneiderman was found guilty in nine of the 13 charges.
"I can't even think; disbelief, absolute disbelief," Miller said.
This perjury trial has received national media attention. It is that attention Miller said hurt Sneiderman's case and her credibility. Miller said if Sneiderman were guilty of anything, it was one thing.
"I know she was guilty about holding hands with him, because she told me that, behind closed doors, woman-to-woman," Miller said. "She told me she was ‘very guilty because at one point she held hands with him.'"
Miller also took aim at Rusty Sneiderman's family for not supporting their daughter-in-law after Hemy Neuman's arrest in the murder.
Donald Sneiderman, Rusty's father, testified that once Neuman was arrested in the murder of his son, he believed that Andrea Sneiderman lied to the family about her affair with Neuman, who is now serving life in prison for the murder.
She had this message for Donald Sneiderman:
"Aside from, I am sorry for your loss," Miller said. "Why do you come after your daughter-in-law. You knew the policy was not something she knew about. Why did you let the media attack her? When you knew you were the only ones who knew about that policy?"
The policy Miller alludes to in her interview is a $2 million dollar life insurance policy.
According to testimony from Donald Sneiderman, Andrea was not aware of how much the policy was worth until after Rusty's death.
Miller also reacted to how the Dunwoody Police Department handled the investigation.
"The police did a lot of things wrong," Miller said. "They said they made mistakes, they made a lot of mistakes. It took them six weeks to apprehend that man and she gave him that name the next day."
Andrea Sneiderman did give her bosses name to police, Neuman, on Nov. 19 2010, the day after Rusty was murdered. But, prosecutors showed jurors that, although she gave the name, she never pointed to him as a suspect.
"In my book, this has been a travesty," Miller said. "This has been an offense against our justice system and I am furious. I am angry."
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