In May, Steve Sneiderman, the brother of man who was murdered last year, filed a wrongful death suit against his sister-in-law, Andrea Sneiderman, claiming she helped orchestrate her husband’s murder. Now, Andrea Sneiderman has filed her own civil suits in connection with her husband’s murder, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
On Monday, Andrea filed a defamation suit against Steve for publicly stating that she helped kill her husband, Rusty Sneiderman. She also filed a wrongful death suit against Hemy Neuman, the man convicted of killing Rusty Sneiderman.
Rusty Sneiderman was shot to death in front of a Dunwoody day care center in November 2010. At Neuman’s trial, prosecutors argued that Andrea and Neuman, who were co-workers at GE, began having an affair and that the relationship was the impetus for the murder.
Steve Sneiderman’s wrongful death suit states that Andrea “utilized her illicit relationship with her co-conspirator [Neuman] to manipulate and influence him to murder Rusty Sneiderman.” In her counterclaim, Andrea denied that she had any part in her husband’s murder, stating that Neuman acted alone.
Now, Andrea is suing her brother-in-law for libel, defamation, slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In a defamation suit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff. She must also prove that the defendant made the statement to at least one other person, in writing or verbally.
Andrea also filed a wrongful death suit against Hemy Neuman, her alleged lover and the man convicted of killing her husband. The family of a deceased individual may bring a wrongful death suit against a person who’s responsible for the decedent’s death. If successful, wrongful death suits allow family members to receive compensation for their loss.
No criminal charges have been filed against Andrea Sneiderman for the death of her husband. However, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has said he’s considering it.