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Attorneys for daycare killer ask GA Supreme Court for new trial

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The Georgia Supreme Court heard the appeal of Hemy Neuman, who was convicted of killing a father outside his son's daycare in Dunwoody in 2010.

Each side had 20 minutes to argue before the state's highest court Tuesday.

Neuman's attorneys listed several reasons why he should get a new trial.

For one, they say the prosecution introduced evidence from two doctors who interviewed Neuman in jail. His attorneys say that information was confidential.

"When a defense attorney sends someone to speak to a client, there's an expectation that is sacred," said J. Scott Key, one of Neuman's attorneys.

Another key argument centered on Andrea Sneiderman, who was the state's key witness.

Neuman was found guilty, but mentally ill for killing Sneiderman's husband, Rusty, outside the Dunwoody daycare.

Neuman was having an affair with Andrea Sneiderman. She served prison time for perjury after denying the affair when questioned during Neuman's murder trial.

Key told the state's highest court that Neuman was convicted, in large part, due to Andrea Sneiderman's testimony.

"She lied," said Key. "She lied about issues that were material to the case. What made Andrea Sneiderman's testimony so devastating is she denied there was an affair taking place."

Neuman's defense team says those lies are enough to throw out the verdict, but the state argues their case is strong even without Andrea's testimony.

"Mrs. Sneiderman's testimony was many things," prosecutor Anna Cross told justices. "It was dramatic. It was sensational and at times it was ridiculous, honestly."

Prosecutors said they presented overwhelming evidence that led to the guilty verdict and did not rely solely on Sneiderman's testimony.

"Hemy Neuman has a lot of time on his hands, and an appeal is just the normal thing that defendants do when they're serving a life sentence," said Esther Panitch, an attorney who represented the estate of Rusty Sneiderman. "This is just an argument that he made. It doesn't mean it's persuasive."

The state Supreme Court has until mid-July to issue a ruling. Neuman is currently serving life in prison without parole.

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